Joshua Kitlas

Joshua Kitlas

Posts by Joshua

| April 19, 2012

#140Cuse Conference Twitter Interview with @ChickFoxgrover

Into the distance by Steve-h on Flickr

As a part of the #140cuse conference, I interviewed Chick Foxgrover SVP, Chief Information Officer at American Association of Advertising Agencies (twitter, LinkedIn) about creative technologies. Chick is the CIO at American Association of Advertising Agencies, interested in social business practice, collaboration, cyborg evolution, semantic web, art, and is a creative technologies evangelist. Our conversation → Read More

| March 23, 2012

Social Machines Enabling Creative Collaboration


If our digital devices were truly smart, they would help us. Inspiring human and machine creativity would be their purpose. They would understand what we want to do, but not bother us with trivia that our machines should be taking care of. They’re the machines with nothing else to do, while we are all kind of busy these days. Right?

| March 5, 2012

An Exploration of Submission-Focused Presentations


CommonGround is an ongoing exploration of the intersections between information, technology and design, supported by the iSchool and VPA. I recently attended iConference 2012 in Toronto. It was my first academic conference and a refreshing change from the industry conferences I have attended. At the iConference, no one was selling anything and it was a → Read More

| December 6, 2011

25 Must-Follow Information, Data and Visualization Blogs and RSS Feeds for the Data Professional

25 must-follow information, data and visualization blogs and RSS feeds for the data professional

From mathbabe, to industry titans JESS3, to the iSchool’s own Jaime Snyder, these blogs are a constant source of information, inspiration and education for me. I keep them stored in Google Reader making it easy to stay up to date with what is going on in the greater data and information community.

| November 7, 2011

IBM Information on Demand Conference Overview

IBM Information On Demand 2011

I was fortunate enough to attend the recent IBM Information Demand Conference with Professor Dave Dischiave. This mega conference had roughly 11,000 attendees, information management seminars and breakout sessions, sponsors, and exhibitors. The event was just massive – for lunch we dined with (conservatively) four thousand people – in the same room! The sponsor/exhibitor booklet alone was 60 full-color, 10-point font, pages long. The official Pocket Agenda came in at a nicely-rounded 90 pages.

| October 21, 2011

16 Job Search Resources for Librarians, Students and Museum Personnel


Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding libraries and their future, there are still a ton of jobs out there for public, academic and special libraries. I for one think there is a bit of a renaissance going on in libraries; if you are a creative and dynamic LIS professional, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reinvent the librarian position and the institution itself. The list I put together has mostly RSS feeds and a few job-site URLs. Some are geography specific, some are library specific, some general, and there’s even one in French.

| October 19, 2011
| September 15, 2011

How to Make Information Graphics and Data Visualizations


Information graphics and data visualizations are one of the latest online trends. There are sites dedicated to it, volumes of books detailing the process of it, and visualization tools for just about everything, everywhere you look: social media, your resume, your money.

There are a ton of tools out there, but what does it take to pull off a successful visualization? And what exactly is the difference between information graphics and data visualizations? That’s right, they’re not the same thing!

| July 13, 2011

Winding down at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Castle Interior (Belly of the Whale)

I am now nearing the end of my internship. In my last post, I promised to make this one about the projects I am working on and the skills and tools I am using to execute them. If at any point this post begins to sound like an advertisement or glowing review of the Syracuse → Read More

| July 5, 2011

Crowdsourcing: Improving the Quality of Scientific Data through Social Networking


Below is a recap of a public symposium I recently attended. It was organized by the Board on Research Data and Information National Research Council. Crowdsourcing is a straightforward concept – rally people around a cause or concept and get them to contribute their thoughts, observations, and insights. The term is widely attributed to Jeff → Read More