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Thanks for watching our 2017-2018 iSchool Webinar Series! We'll be back with new webinars in September 2018. Check back here for more details, or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get our webinar recordings in your YouTube subscription box.

Past Webinars and Recordings

After Cryptocurrency: Blockchaining the Internet of Things with Prof. Lee W. McKnight

Hosted by Professor Lee McKnight

February 2018

Syracuse University iSchool Professor Lee McKnight will explain in this webinar why many consider blockchain to be the most significant innovation since the dawn of the Internet. Blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, is the key innovation inside Bitcoin, the well known, but poorly understood, cryptocurrency.

Lee will explain how a blockchain contains a true, verifiable record of all transactions and demystify the over 1,000 existing ‘cryptocurrencies,’ which are not really currencies at all, but rather commodities, as defined by the IRS.

Lee will also explore the notion that cryptocurrency markets are unregulated and anonymous, discussing how some early enthusiasts are in prison for crossing the line from trusted blockchain anonymity to money laundering. He will address issues surrounding hacks and scams in the space as well.

Blockchain’s technology impact on the Internet of Things is of far more significance, and real value, than first-generation blockchains such as Bitcoin, and Lee will conclude by demonstrating an early commercial example of a blockchained ‘Thing:’ the Internet Backpack.

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Technology (Non-)Use as a Network in Emerging Tech and Internet of Things

Hosted by Professor Radhika Garg

January 2018

The user has been central to the way technology is conceptualized, designed, used, and studied in sociotechnical research and recently even non-users have started to become productive foci of this analysis.

This webinar discusses (non-)use of emerging technologies, such as Internet of Things, under the lens of “(Non-)user as a network”.

This early work-in-progress argues how power relations of stakeholders (organizations, regulators, policy makers) and social influences affect the way users decide to use or not use a technology.

Cloud, Microservices, and Other Trends in Enterprise IT Systems

Hosted by Professor Carlos Caicedo

December 2017

Modern enterprise IT environments have been undergoing a series of transformations over the last few years due to the rise of new technologies, services, and operational paradigms. The traditional IT professional that would be sifting through cables, managing physical servers, and interacting with networking equipment via command line interfaces is disappearing.

A new kind of enterprise IT professional is needed. One that understands the challenges, complexities, and business value of technologies and trends such as cloud-based infrastructure and services, containers, software-defined networking, and network virtualization, just to mention a few.

In this presentation, Professor Carlos Caicedo will describe many of these trends and how modern enterprises that rely heavily on data-based services and infrastructure are embracing or need to embrace the flexibility and capabilities of many of these trends to enhance their data-centric operations today and in the near future.

Getting the Most out of your MSLIS Program

Hosted by Professor Jill Hurst-Wahl

November 2017

Congratulations, you are now in a Master’s of Library and Information Science program and working quickly towards becoming a professional librarian.  The time you are spending in your MSLIS/MLIS/MLS program will go by quickly. What do you need to be doing to ensure that you get the most from it? 

This webinar will give you actions to take to position yourself for success in your program and afterwards as an LIS professional.  By the end of the webinar, you will have a series of tried and true steps on which to embark.

Presented by Associate Professor of Practice Jill Hurst-Wahl, who served as the director of the Syracuse University iSchool MSLIS program from 2012-2017. She is the co-author of The Information and Knowledge Professional’s Career Handbook: Define and Create Your Success.  A former corporate librarian, Jill has always been an advocate for expanding the career opportunities for LIS graduates.

Should you improve your Hadoop skills or learn time series analytics?

Hosted by Professor Daniel Acuna

October 2017

Countless Data Science (DS) tools are touted as basic requirements for almost any organization. Ironically, these recommendations are too often based on opinion rather than data. In this talk, Prof. Acuna will showcase preliminary research on trying to understand past and future trends in DS by using DS itself—or DS of DS.

Prof. Acuna uses historical records of open DS tools together with their actual usage over time. With unsupervised and supervised analyses, his preliminary results suggest that tools around Hadoop, SQL, and MapReduce have been steadily declining over the years, whereas tools for time series analyses have become surprisingly popular.

Prof. Acuna will then discuss how this new way of looking at the DS tool market might improve training for aspiring Data Scientists.


Knowledge Work, the Gig Economy, and Infrastructural Competence

Hosted by Professor Steve Sawyer

September 2017

This webinar provides the opportunity to highlight the growth of knowledge-driven labor markets (e.g., the ‘Gig’ Economy). With the rise of the Gig Economy, we are now required to explore the changing form of arrangements between, and expectations of, employers and employees.

We will specifically focus on how gig-based knowledge workers participating in the project-based employment draw together and leverage the collection of digital resources (devices, software and services, storage, security, and interconnectivity) to pursue work.

Along the way, Professor Sawyer will draw from ongoing and recently completed research on nomadic workers, real estate agents, software developers, and contemporary themes and examples found in the public and business press.

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