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NFAIS Foresight - Artificial Intelligence: Weighing the Value for the Information Community

Artificial intelligence is frequently used as an umbrella term for a broad range of potential uses of computer algorithms to accomplish a cognitive task in a relatively short time-frame. In the more specific context of the information community, “smart systems” may be expected to do everything from the handling of a routine voice request to phrase extraction from the literature for data discovery and re-use to image assessment. The possibilities are intriguing, but there are hesitations as well. It’s very easy to replicate existing social biases. There are discussions over the ethical uses of artificial intelligence. How might intelligent infrastructure support the work of the information community? Librarians are considering whether a virtual assistant might be able to aid in providing research support. Seen from an adjacent space -- apart from the work of academic researchers -- content and platform providers are considering how the use of algorithms, data and analytics may serve to enhance smart services for users. This 90-minute webinar will offer a glimpse into the practical application of artificial intelligence in support of research workflow and outputs.

NISO Webinar

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Helping people gain a greater understanding of the information community — our issues and concerns, challenges and opportunities — is core to NISO's mission. Our events are a key element of this, with our popular webinar program at their heart. And, following the NISO/NFAIS merger earlier this year, all NISO members can now attend all 14 webinars in 2020 completely free of charge! This includes an unlimited number of places and full access to a recording of each webinar for anyone who is unable to attend the event itself.

Bohyun Kim

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CTO & Associate Professor - University of Rhode Island Libraries

Bohyun Kim is the Chief Technology Officer and an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island Libraries. She is the author of three books, Moving Forward with Digital DisruptionUnderstanding Gamificationand Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations. She published many articles and gave numerous invited and peer-reviewed presentations on topics related to emerging technologies and their impact on libraries at international and national conferences. She was the former President of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), which is now Core, and serves on many advisory boards and committees including those of American Library Association, San Jose State University’s School of Information, and Rhode Island Library Association.

Michael Hemenway

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Chief Information Officer, Iliff School of Theology

Dr. Michael Hemenway is Chief Information Officer at the Iliff School of Theology. Michael founded the experimental humanities lab @ Iliff where scholars and technologists from several institutions gather to explore how machine learning can shape emerging research practices in the humanities. Michael also directs ai.iliff, a Luce Foundation funded artificial intelligence institute working to build a trust based AI ecosystem through conversation, curriculum, and design. ai.iliff specializes in helping businesses and organizations incorporate transparency, responsibility, and sustainability at all stages of their AI development life cycle.

Michael Upshall

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Head of Sales and Business Development, UNSILO

Michael Upshall started his publishing career editing dictionaries, then moved to illustrated reference works, and then to co-founding a publisher. Today he works with UNSILO, a Danish machine-learning software company, identifying AI tools, new products, and use cases for publishers. Publishers he has worked with or for include Random House, Pearson, The IET, CABI, and Cambridge University Press. He has also worked for a number of software and technology companies, including JISC, the UK organisation for technology in HE. He has written a book Content Licensing (2009), many articles, and writes a blog on scholarly publishing and technology.