September 2018 Seminar: Ontologies and domain modelling: a fun (honest!) and friendly introduction

Summary At this lively meeting Helen Lippell and Silver Oliver introduced ontologies and explained how they could be used. Michael Smethurst and Anya Somerville ran an interactive practical session Speakers Helen Lippell has run her own consultancy since 2007, working as a specialist in taxonomy, metadata, ontologies and enterprise search. She loves getting stuck into […]

Blog for the July 2018 seminar: Machines and Morality: Can AI be Ethical?

In discussions of AI, one issue that is often raised is that of the ‘black box’ problem, where we cannot know how a machine system comes to its decisions and recommendations. That is particularly true of the class of self-training ‘deep machine learning’ systems which have been making the headlines in recent medical research. Dr […]

July 2018 Seminar: Machines and Morality: Can AI be Ethical?

Summary At this meeting Stephanie Mathisen, Policy Manager at Sense About Science, and Tamara Ansons, Behavioural Science Consultant at Ipsos, addressed the question of the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence – is it possible for machines to have morality? Speakers Dr Tamara L Ansons is an expert on behavioural science. After receiving her PhD in Brain […]

The implications of blockchain for information management

Blockchain is a technology which was first developed as the technical basis for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, but there has been recent speculation that it might be useful for various information management purposes too. There is quite a ‘buzz’ around the topic, yet it is too complex for many people to figure out, so it’s not surprising that the 6 July 2017 NetIKX seminar, ‘The implications of Blockchain for KM and IM’, attracted the biggest turnout of the year so far.

Blog for the June 2018 seminar in Leeds.

In June 2018, NetIKX held a seminar led by NetIKX in cooperation with ISKO UK.  We were proud to have a meeting outside London to offer more to our members.  Our main speaker, Ewan David, Talked about a particular aspect of the electronic medical records system.  He hoped that future development in this area would […]

June 2018 Seminar: Organising Medical and Health-related Information

Summary At this meeting held in Leeds, Ewan Davis, one of the first developers of a GP computerised health record system, discussed Electronic Health Records. This is a joint meeting with ISKO UK. Speakers Ewan Davis was one of the first developers of a GP computerised health record system. His background is solidly in Health […]

Titus Oates claims that there is a Catholic plot against the King’s life

Trust and Integrity in Information

Trust and Integrity in Information An account by Conrad Taylor of the May 2018 meeting of the Network for Information and Knowledge Exchange. Speakers — Hanna Chalmers of Ipsos MORI, Dr Brennan Jacoby of Philosophy at Work, and Conrad Taylor. Fake News 1688: the ‘Popish Plot’. Titus Oates ‘revealing’ to King Charles II his totally […]

Titus Oates claims that there is a Catholic plot against the King’s life

May 2018 Seminar: Trust and integrity in information

The question of how we identify trustworthy sources of information formed the basis of this varied and thought-provoking seminar. Hanna Chalmers, Senior Director of IPSOS Mori, detailed the initial results of a recent poll on trust in the media. Events such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal have resulted in a general sense that trust in the media is in a state of crisis.

Tony Quinlan explaining how to interpret SenseMaker signifiers. The pink objects behind him are the micro-narratives we produced during the exercise, on ‘super-sticky’ Post-It notes. Photo Conrad Taylor.

Working in Complexity – SenseMaker, Decisions and Cynefin

Account of a NetIKX meeting with Tony Quinlan of Narrate, 7 March 2018, by Conrad Taylor At this NetIKX afternoon seminar, we got a very thorough introduction to Cynefin, ananalytical framework that helps decision-makers categorise problems surfacing in complex social, political and business environments. We also learned about SenseMaker®, an investigative method with software support, […]

First Meeting Outside London: Organising Medical and Health-related Information – Leeds – 7 June 2018

We have now planned our first meeting outside London. This will be in Leeds on Thursday 7 June and the topic will be Medical Information. The meeting will be a joint one with ISKO UK. Speakers will include Ewan Davis. There will be no charge for attending this meeting, but you must register. For more […]