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History seems irrelevant in the software world, particular when dealing with lots of
information. It isn’t. Information explosions are not new. They’ve happened repeatedly
throughout human history. A little looking will turn up prior incarnations of information
management patterns and concepts that can be repurposed using today’s technologies.
The first person to conceive of something is usually not the first. They’re the first to re-conceive at a point where the current technology caught up to someone else’s idea.
We’re at a point today where many old ideas are being reinvented. Come hear why
looking to the past beyond your core field of interest is worthwhile.
Mark Madsen designs and build analysis and decision support systems, and data management and access infrastructure. His research focus is on analysis techniques, emerging technology, and practices in analytics, BI, information management, user experience for data access, and delivery applications. He speaks at a lot of conferences on anything data, with a bunch of history of science and technology mixed in.
Mark focuses on two types of work: using data to make decisions and manage organizations, and building data technology infrastructure. A big part of making decisions and using data in a corporate setting is ensuring that the right data capture and data delivery infrastructure is in place to manage the business. As a result, Mark does as much information strategy and IT architecture work as he does performance management and decision support. His spare-time projects involve research on history of communication technology adoption and fieldwork in ecology, specializing in botany.
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