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Past Webinars and Recordings

Design Thinking as Critique: Towards Designing to Improve Our Social World

Hosted by Professor Bryan Semaan

October 2018

For years, the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community has been designing and deploying technology to improve human capabilities at the individual, group, organizational, and societal levels. However, design is not always what it seems to be.

If we consider design from a post-colonial lens, there is often a distinction between “designers” and “users.” What this has led to is a series of issues with the design of technical systems, such that they do not consider the inclusion of multiple, diverse voices.

In this talk, I describe recent developments in the HCI community centered on critical design thinking, which is conceptualized as a form of bottom-up design that serves counter to formal design practice. Additionally, I’ll critique existing technological implementations and social structures in society.


Dev Ops for Data Science - Containerization, Cloud, Scripting, and Source Code Management

Hosted by Professor Mike Fudge

April 2018

This webinar provides an overview of dev ops technologies like containerization, scripting and source code management and explains how they can be used to help data science teams collaborate, address setup / dependency issues, and trivialize deployment of data science products to public or private clouds.


Library Science Internship in Costa Rica at the Monteverde Institute: A Multi-faceted Learning Opportunity

Hosted by Laurie Kutner G'98 and Adrienne Canino G'18

March 2018

Ever wonder what kinds of internships and opportunities are out there for LIS students?

In this presentation, LIS program alumna Laurie Kutner G'98 will discuss her work with Monteverde Institute’s Library, reaching back over 10 years.  Her work has included examining disparities in information access on a global scale, building digital collections, and providing research-based materials generated there.

Laurie will discuss her experience developing library student internships to address digital collection needs at Monteverde, her research working with students studying abroad there, and considering the future of information disparities in a global information environment.

Adrienne, currently a 2nd year iSchool student in the LIS program will discuss how she identified and designed a internship project from previous iSchool experiences, but also made it unique to her own career pursuits.  Her experience in Monteverde led to a deepening of her understanding of information access challenges, the research library, and the role of digital libraries in the 21st century.

Adrienne will discuss the internship process, how this contributed to her focus in librarian scholarship, and reflect on how the position was a unique experience for her iSchool career.

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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