BITS & BYTES Lecture Series

You are cordially invited to attend the following BITS & BYTES lecture series organized by NCSI-Net Foundation, Karnataka State Library Association (KALA) and SRELS.

TOPIC: Big Data and Analytics: Applications in LIS

SPEAKER: Suvarsha Minj

The talk will be presided over by Dr IRN Goudar.

PLACE: Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science (SRELS)
702, 'Upstairs', 42nd Cross, III Block Rajajinagar, Bangalore - 560 010
DATE & TIME: Friday Feb 13, 2015 at 6.15 p.m.

ABOUT TOPIC: Historically Big data has been around for several decades - in fact, in some versions it predates even the Internet and the Web. But ‘Big Data’ has become, along with ‘Analytics’ the all ubiquitous buzzwords only in the more recent past. Also, like the legendary story of the elephant and the blind men, there are several versions of what exactly they are, of their usefulness and application. So how do we separate out the facts from fiction? This talk looks at the concepts and key terms associated with ‘Big Data' and 'Analytics’, the technologies that have risen to deal with them and some examples of practical applications in business and industry. Finally, the talk considers Big Data and Analytics from the perspective of Library and Information Science, understanding some of the experiments carried out and future areas of possible applications. It also briefly covers if the skills of library and information professional can be relevant in this new domain. After all, loosely speaking, are we not the managers of organized data (books/information/knowledge) in the pre big-data world?

ABOUT SPEAKER: Suvarsha Minj works as Knowledge Curator in a start-up Kaybus Inc. - a Enterprise SaaS based Knowledge Automation Company. The company works transforming enterprise information into knowledge by personalizing it to individual needs in context using Big Data technologies. In the past, she has worked on several projects at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. She was part of the SALIS (Software and Licensing Information System) at ERNET and the project SJPI (Scientific Journal Publishing in India) using Open Journal Systems (OJS) at NCSI. More recently, she has led in porting the 100-year-old journal, The Journal of the Indian Institute of Science into OJS, and digitize and make available on an Archive Management System all the publications - since its inception in 1974 - of the Center for Sustainable Technologies, IISc. She has published some national and international papers based on her work. She has also worked in the corporate sector in several organisations like Yahoo, Hewlett Packard (HP) and General Electric (GE) in various capacities and is an alumnus of NCSI-Net.

About BITS & BYTES: A collaborative Lecture/Learning series initiative by professional associations and institutes of Karnataka - NCSI-Net Foundation, Karnataka State Library Association (KALA) and Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science (SRELS).

IH Jahagirdar
Karnataka State Library Association