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2020 Vision Webinar: Big Data, Big Opportunity for Info Pros

on November 11, 2016

InfoDesk and Dow Jones to present part two of the "2020 Vision" webinar series.


InfoDesk and Dow Jones have announced the second of the three part webinar series "2020 Vision: The Future of Business Information." This webinar will feature Amy Affelt, an author, speaker and consultant who will discuss how librarians and information professionals can leverage their existing knowledge and research skills in order to morph into new roles in the ever-evolving field of data science. The webinar will be held on Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.


Register online for the webinar. [Note: this webinar will be recorded. The recording and slides will be made available to all registrants]


The webinar will cover of a number of key topics including cutting-edge big data initiatives in the legal and healthcare spaces, as well as the ramifications for librarians working in all settings from public and academic to corporate and government. Affelt also covers new roles and opportunities for info pros to transfer their knowledge and research skills to become key players on data science teams.


A recent Harvard Business Review article stated, “the biggest reason that investments in big data fail to pay off, though, is that most companies don’t do a good job with the information they already have.” This webinar examines, among other things, the special skills that information professionals can bring to big data projects.


According to Affelt, “The trick is viewing big data—and the perils and promise that come with it—with a realistic understanding of what it can and cannot do.” Affelt said “This webinar will help info pros understand how they can better fit into their organization’s digital strategy and 2020 vision.”


About the Presenter

Amy Affelt is a director, database research worldwide at Compass Lexecon, a global economic consultancy where she finds, analyzes, and transforms information and data into knowledge deliverables for PhD economists who testify as experts in litigation. She is the author of The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications and Opportunities for Librarians and Information Professionals (2015, Information Today), and is the Big Data columnist for EContent magazine. She is a frequent writer and conference speaker on big data, Internet of Things, adding value to information, evaluating information integrity and quality, and marketing information services. She has a BA in history, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University. She is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association.


About the Webinar Series

The 2020 Vision webinar series is part of the “Visionaries Wanted” educational program co-developed by InfoDesk and Dow Jones for information and knowledge management professionals, IT leaders, senior digital information strategists and other professionals responsible for business information workflow within their organizations.


The first webinar in the series discussed a number of key topics, including the state and challenge of information chaos, the explosion of unstructured data, multi-channel and multi-format integration, and the need for artificial intelligence.


This second webinar will feature speaker, writer and consultant Amy Affelt who will discuss how librarians and information professionals can leverage their existing knowledge and research skills in order to morph into new roles in the ever-evolving field of data science.

The Visionaries Wanted program also includes an 18-page white paper, other educational webinars and special events, featuring industry experts discussing a number of business information and digital transformation themes, trends and technologies.


For more information about upcoming webinars and special events, contact


About InfoDesk

InfoDesk is the world’s smartest platform for managing and sharing information. With our comprehensive solutions, you can bring all your information together, filter and select relevant content, and deliver the right intelligence to the right people. InfoDesk has been providing actionable intelligence to multinational corporations, government agencies and other organizations since 1999. InfoDesk is based in New York with offices in London, Washington, DC and India. Learn more about InfoDesk.

Topics: Information Professionals, Big Data, 2020 Vision