Social Media connects our global community and allows information, ideas and messages to be shared in real-time from any location that has access to WIFI technology.
In recent posts, Binod Sundararajan suggested that social media allows us to share critical data that serves the greater good, bringing together interdisciplinary teams to work towards solutions that will benefit society. Tanya Chedrawy, a recent MPA(M) graduate, discussed how she uses social media to highlight stories of individuals who are making a difference in their local communities.
Liseanne Cadieux (MIM 2017), a recent graduate of CFAME’s Master of Information Management program, continues the CFAME Connection dialogue on social media from the perspective of a professional in the field of information management
“There is no doubt that social media will continue to evolve and transform the way in which we participate within a wider audience,” Liseanne noted in a recent WebEx conference call with CFAME Connection.
“We have the ability to store vast amounts of data. Our challenge is to manage the flow of information. We need to be strategic in our custodianship of knowledge. How do we pull value from an overwhelming amount of information spread across the internet?”
Management of information is embedded in our lives and influence community volunteer programs, educational facilities, business entities and governments worldwide. Whether we organize family vacation photos or structure sophisticated business reports – everyone is engaged in a plan, formal or informal, to safeguard valuable knowledge.
Management Information Systems (MIS) are increasingly becoming more adept at collecting, storing, and organizing data. The result is that relevant information is retrievable and available. It is about getting the right information to the right person, at the right time.
I chose the CFAME’s program, Master of Information Management, because of its blended learning opportunity. I found the weekly discussions promoted an accelerated method of learning because of the knowledge sharing from such a diverse range of student backgrounds. We also had the opportunity to meet in person and collaborate on issues that are currently coming up in the management of information space. For me, this form of learning was extremely compelling.
Currently, I am involved in piloting a semantic technology program that facilitates categorization and retrieval. The approach and overall objective is to teach the tool to find certain information we know to be of value and find it across terabytes of unstructured repositories. The information then gets classified according to a taxonomy and migrated to an official system of record/EDRMS for long term preservation and sharing.
While the project has not matured to the social media stage, in theory this tool could be as effective in social media spaces (they are all unstructured environments). I look forward to sharing more on this topic in future CFAME Connection posts.