Transformed! Information, Bioscience and Web 2.0

A New Seminar Presented By SpreadingScience

Information transformed becomes knowledge. Bioscience transformed creates new therapies. Web 2.0 transformed produces novel solutions.

Transformed! Information, Bioscience and Web 2.0

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A key problem of modern technologies is too much information. Social structures that were created to deal with Industrial Age processes are inadequate for dealing with Information Age approaches.

This three hour seminar will provide a general foundation for understanding how human social networks interact with data, transforming information into knowledge that results in a decision, that produces an action.

The Transformation of Information into Knowledge

The first segment, presented by Richard Gayle, PhD, will focus on current models for knowledge creation in a research setting. The dispersal of different forms of information within diverse human social networks is often critical for decisions to be made. Human social networks evolved from primate precursors and appear to have hardwired limits which may hamper creativity when these networks get too large. Unfortunately, many of the difficult problems facing us today require social networks that may exceed our genetically imposed limits.

The Transformation of Bioscience by Information

The second segment recognizes that, in many ways, the Biosciences have become a form of information science. The wet lab is more and more being supplanted by computers. Research is often carried out by examining large databases. These trends have been driving research for some years and look to accelerate even more in the near future. The complex systems modern bioscience examines requires novel organizational approaches.

The Web 2.0 Transformation

The third segment will tie things together. We will see how modern tools permit social networks, which are normally hidden, to be made explicit. This allows the networks to be examined. The rate of diffusion of innovation in a community is a property of its social network. Web 2.0 approaches, which serve to increase online conversations, can help increase the rate, allowing an organization to turn the knowledge creation cycle faster and become more innovative.

After this seminar, attendees will have a better understanding of how human social networks have historically helped transform information into knowledge. These networks are being overwhelmed by modern approaches to Bioscience. The application of Web 2.0 technologies will help overcome the barriers that too much information poses for our hardwired social networks.

This seminar will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about how communities can foster rapid innovation and creativity, allowing very complex problems to be examined.

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