Goal 2: Understand the essential nature of information management and its relevance to society

2a. Describe various definitions and concepts of information

The class LIS 889 Digital Curation taught me how to manage and preserve data. In addition, I’ve learned various definitions and concepts of the information management profession and how to apply them to my own personal collection. These include learning what personal archiving means. Also, the concept of a digital will was foreign to me before this assignment. Now, I’d recommend everyone include it in their estate planning.  One of the personal archiving assignments included creating a poster or infographic about personal archiving. Through this assignment, I’ve found out better ways to describe data for search and retrieval, and cloud technologies specific to data storage.  I believe this artifact is a simple way to teach the public on how to start managing their digital files and why it’s important to back up their data. 

2b. Articulate the various lifecycle stages for data, metadata, and information

Another artifact from LIS 889 Digital Curation was a final assignment that involved creating a Digital Curation plan for three types of data: scientific, humanities, and social media. I used information from the Digital Curation Centre in order to create the following plan.

The main lifecycle for data involves ingesting, appraise & select, transform, reuse, and store.  The plan first establishes the system used for ingesting data. Then I specified what information is important to ingest, which is the appraisal and select step. An example of this can be found in the Owen’s Family collection. There were some DS files, which were cache files that had no historical significance. The plan called for its removal from the digital repository. Transform is data migration. Do the files ingest needed to be converted to TIFF or PDF formats, etc? Then the reuse portion involves the metadata schemes. I’ve answered the question of how people will be searching for these files and what types of keywords are needed for the company to retrieve the data. 


2c. Articulate the context of information management and the social, ethical, cultural, legal, and economic factors that impact information systems

It’s hard to argue against the fact that social media has had a transformative experience in society from a social, ethical, cultural, legal, and economic standpoint.  Information management is crucial to these information systems. During class IM 791 Multicultural and Organizational Communication, I’ve learned just how much these systems affect civic engagement and elections in the U.S. The paper explores to what extent social media affects elections, protests, and social causes.  I focus on hashtag activism, and how celebrities can influence these social movements. The artifact can also be used as a case study to implement the hashtag system on social media to increase civic engagement for private and non-profit businesses for social branding.