Goal 1: Develop a professional identity

1a. Describe the historical foundations of information technologies and apply this knowledge to anticipate and plan for future developments

The presentation from IM 701: Information in Society, Organizations, and Cultures on a trend or issue in information management introduced me to the subject of the Internet of Things (IOT). The presentation explores the historical foundations of IOT from the beginning of the Internet (TCP/IP) to the first object connected to the web. Our society has increased our dependence on things connected to the internet from smart TVs to smart cars, but little emphasis is placed on security and the vulnerabilities these items can have. I’ve used this presentation to discuss how we can turn everyday items into smart objects using RFID chips as well as use the technology to make “smart cities”. An example of this is having traffic lights sense when there is only one car at an intersection and staying green longer.

The IOT has also increased the number of jobs surrounding it. These include the need for someone to interpret a large amount of data coming from these objects. An example of this is your Fitbit tracker. After one has collected all of that information, what does it mean? The rise of data analysts, project managers, and User Interface/User Experience (UX/UI) designers are needed to make the IOTs more user-friendly to consumers.

The Internet of Everything presentation also included a handout to the audience, which succulently summarized the presentation. It also includes a few thought-provoking questions to facilitate a discussion with developers of smart cities. One of the biggest questions is “How do we address security and privacy in an even more connected society?” and whether or not cyber hacks will inspire people to disconnect from the web. My answer to these questions are that we need to increase cybersecurity and thoroughly manage the governance of data. It’s up to the information professional to protect the privacy of the user and use data responsibly for the benefit of the user, not at their detriment.

1b. Identify the core values and ethics of the information professions

During IM 755: Information Policy, we’ve discussed the issues of copyright and fair use as well as many other facets of information law. These included The Privacy Act of 197, FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), and many others. One thing I’ve learned about copyright law is it is in a state of influx, and sometimes certain cases can set an unwanted precedent. The case of Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” song case, I’ve argued, is sending the wrong message to the world by stifling the creativity of artists. Williams and Thicke have a song which has a similar rhythm to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up”. Gaye’s estate won the copyright infringement case on the basis that the song “feels” the same as the hit “Got to Give it Up” song. The lyrics were different as well as the vast majority of percussions.

When in doubt, if the song is even remotely similar in rhythm or lyrics to another song, please ask for permission. One could do a parody of a song if it is clear that the song is for joking purposes, but even then, always seek legal counsel. The paper has taught me the ins and outs of copyright law in regards to fair use and parody. It focused on works of art, which is something I’m uniquely interested in managing for the web. The class in conjunction with this assignment has made me more confident in explaining copyright laws to any individual who needs the guidance before producing or posting art and music on the web.


1c. Articulate a personal professional philosophy of the information professions

In IM 791 Multicultural and Organizational Communication, the focus was on how to communicate effectively in the world, and we learned how to articulate our own professional philosophies of the information profession. Most people aren’t familiar with cutting edge technologies nor what an information management professional does. It is my job as an information professional to educate people on new systems and how they can benefit a company or organization. The term DAM is relatively new. It has sprung out of a need to manage large amounts of assets for all kinds of businesses. I love the definition that Widen has on DAM, and I used this information to create an easy-to-read guide on how Dominican University could benefit from this system.