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NIC: synthesise don’t analyse

2015-10-15

  Whether or not the National Infrastructure Commission (whose brief is to deliver a politically independent infrastructure strategy) will be useful depends not so much on what it does but on how it does what it does! If it considers projects independently of each other (an energy project, a transport project) then it risks continuing […]

Thinking About Information Science

2015-09-29

Thinking About Information Science John Beckford The role of information science in Universities and Business is changing rapidly, but what is Information Science? According to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_science “Information science (or information studies) is an interdisciplinary field primarily concerned with the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information.[1] Practitioners within the field study the […]

A Bonfire of Conceits

2015-09-29

A Bonfire of Conceits I have a vivid memory of Stafford Beer telling an audience at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, that none of us could disprove the existence of fairies. It was a typically profound and weighted message; that our cognition is limited and bounded. What most disturbs us is that which arrives through the […]

This is interesting…..

2015-09-29

http://www.mca.org.uk/young-mca/news/six-megatrends

The One Eyed Man

2015-09-29

It is often said that in the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king.  Wrong!  In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man would probably be regarded as a raving lunatic.  Imagine the conversation, “SEES THINGS?  What does he mean, he SEES THINGS?”  Driving change can be very like the life of […]

Free wifi or not

2015-09-16

Is it unreasonable to ask…. ….. whether this wifi is free or not? A UK based hotel chain recently ‘improved’ its customer offer by making its wifi offer free of charge. A saving of £3 per night and very welcome when many of their hotels (rarely in prime positions) suffer from poor mobile connectivity. Then […]

Directors of Change Management

2015-09-15

Is it unreasonable to ask… … that Managers take responsibility? I stumbled across a job advertisement recently in a respected academic news journal. The advert, placed by a respected University, was seeking no less than: “three Permanent ‘Directors of Change Management”. (My emphasis) These poor, benighted creatures are expected to: “work with the Deputy VC […]

The IT is crap

2015-08-13

Is it unreasonable to ask…. …when you say ‘the IT is crap’, is it you? Are you referring to the network? The device? The application? The output? Or the information itself – the data or report you are working with? ‘The IT is crap at <insert name of your particular organisation>’ is a comment as […]

Protecting the Public Purse?

2015-08-13

If we assume that staff are dishonest why do we employ them AND let them loose on our customers? This note was circulated by the finance admin team of a university:   Subject: POLITE REMINDER re Out of Pocket Expense Claim Forms A polite reminder if we may…… It is not best practice to present […]

Educational performance – plus ça change…. Dr Peter Dudley April 2014

2014-04-16

Educational performance – plus ça change….

Opening Doors blog by John Beckford 1st April 2014 for Loughborough University Centre for Information Management

2014-04-03

  http://blog.lboro.ac.uk/cim/opening-doors/

TRACCA – The Railway System – A presentation for the Climate Change Adaptation Group

2014-03-05

The Railway System – TRACCA

To hear John Beckford’s presentation on Infrastructure investment at Bristol University April 2013 follow the link

2014-02-19

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L1q-Um-hXQ&feature=youtu.be

The One Eyed Man

2014-01-03

It is often said that in the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king.  Wrong!  In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man would probably be regarded as a raving lunatic.  Imagine the conversation, “SEES THINGS?  What does he mean, he SEES THINGS?”  Driving change can be very like the life of […]

This is interesting…..

2014-01-03

http://www.mca.org.uk/young-mca/news/six-megatrends

A Bonfire of Conceits

2013-12-24

A Bonfire of Conceits I have a vivid memory of Stafford Beer telling an audience at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, that none of us could disprove the existence of fairies. It was a typically profound and weighted message; that our cognition is limited and bounded. What most disturbs us is that which arrives through the […]

Thinking About Information Science

2013-12-24

Thinking About Information Science John Beckford The role of information science in Universities and Business is changing rapidly, but what is Information Science? According to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_science “Information science (or information studies)  is an interdisciplinary field primarily concerned  with  the  analysis,  collection,  classification,  manipulation,  storage, retrieval and dissemination of information.[1] Practitioners within the field study the application  and  usage  of  knowledge  in  organizations,  along  with the  interaction between people, organizations and any existing information systems, with the aim of creating, replacing,  improving  or  understanding  information systems.  Information science is often (mistakenly) considered a branch of computer science. However, it is actually a broad, interdisciplinary field, incorporating not only aspects of computer science,  but  […]