CILIP CEO Nick Poole on the ethics of structured information

Boot Camp’s Day Two Keynote, CILIP CEO Nick Poole, has worked as CEO of Collections Trust – the UK and international organisation for Collections Management; a National Policy Adviser to the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), and is currently a Trustee of Wikimedia UK. Here, he gives us a flavour of his Keynote – The ethics of structured information – at next month’s Boot Camp in London.

For many people, information is an abstract that is somehow divorced from the reality of daily life. While technology is real, physical, tangible, as a culture we find it hard to conceptualise just how fundamental the impact of information is on our rights, our freedoms, the success or failure of our ambitions, and the legacy we leave to the world.

“As information professionals, we know that information can be shared in good faith and bad and that every choice we make – about structure, terminology, which standards to apply, and how we support the ‘data behaviours’ of our users – is a filter which has a dramatic effect on our services. It is increasingly fashionable to talk about organisations with ‘purpose’ – a clear sense not only of mission, but of the positive impact we want to have on the world.”

In his Keynote, Nick draws on examples of recent work in the library and wider information sector to illustrate the fundamental connection between the choices we make about structured information, metadata and knowledge, and helping our organisations and communities to fulfil their purpose.

Taxonomy Boot Camp London takes places on 15 & 16 October at Olympia London, with pre-conference workshops on 14 October. Full agenda here.