Friday, April 12 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roger Summit Award Lecture - Confessions of an Info Professional

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When AIIP was founded, information work was a somewhat quiet backwater. Thirty-odd years later, it is a teeming center of innovation … and a cause for some concern for enterprises and the public alike. We now know that “search” is only one task in a long information process that is central to decision making. Information professionals, with their expertise in organizing, finding, analyzing, and disseminating information are a key component in this process.

The presentation covers the information management process and its pitfalls – selecting sources and assessing bias, and normalizing, structuring, and analyzing pools of data – and looks at the ethical and other challenges all information practitioners and users are facing.

Throughout her career, Susan Feldman (an AIIP founder and its president 1992-93) has analyzed information and the technologies, tools, and trends. She ran Datasearch for two decades before joining IDC to track markets and trends in search, text analytics, unified information access, and big data. Her book The Answer Machine launched her latest career in cognitive computing. Her current business, Synthexis, helps AI vendors envision new applications and understand the interaction needs of information processes and tasks. She is now creating a set of decision tools to help businesses assess their information processes and decide on their AI needs.

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Susan Feldman

Sue Feldman is founder and president of Synthexis, a consulting firm that provides business advisory services to vendors and buyers of cognitive computing, search and text analytics technologies. Sue’s clients rely on her for strategic advice and business coaching as well as for... Read More →

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AIIP Past Presidents

Past Presidents of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) fund the Roger Summit Lecture Award to bring an inspiring and stimulating speaker to the AIIP Annual Conference. This award is named to recognize Roger Summit, the founder of DIALOG and a long-time... Read More →

Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm