LinkedIn Maps: Mine your own big data

You probably hadn’t considered the possibility that you personally generate anything one could call big data, but you do.  One source is your network of connections on LinkedIn. Through InMap you can create a visual representation of all your personal connections.


The above map shows my connections, including a legend of what each color grouping represents.

In a recently published book chapter called “Planning for Knowledge Management: Conducting a Knowledge Assessment” I suggest that maps like this one can be used to help understand connections within an organization.  The map is interactive, making it possible to hover over any individual’s node and see what connections track back to him or her.  Areas of overlap can also provide useful insights.

Note, the map loses some of its impact when printed in black and white, as the publisher did in the aforementioned book. The chapter in full color is available for a fee on the publisher’s website or after registering on the Shamel Information Services website.

More on Big Data

OnlineSearcher March-April_2014For more about big data, what it means, who’s using it, and why, see Chris Sherman’s article “What’s the Big Deal About Big Data” in the March/April 2014 issue of Online Searcher.  Chris discusses a number of freely accessible big data tools and points to one of my favorite blogs Information is Beautiful.



In Other News

AIIP Annual Conference, April 3-6 in Baltimore

Ulla de Stricker andCindy Shamel will present a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, April 2 –Landing a project…then nailing it:  How to win a project then deliver quality results every time.

SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver BC, June 8-10

Another professional development opportunity for info pros will be offered by Cindy Shamel and Ulla de Stricker on June 7.  Maximizing Consultant-Client Partnerships:  Key Success Factors.  Visit the SLA website for more information or contact Cindy.