About the Big Data Special Interest Group

Big Data is one of the key trends identified in the 2013 IFLA Trend Report. The Information Technology Section believes that there are diverse aspects of Big Data that need focused attention by IFLA over the next five years at least, including:

  • uses and benefits of Big Data from a library management context
  • the application  of Big Data from a library service and support perspective
  • the value-add role of libraries in Big Data
  • promote open source standards and frameworks for big data
  • public access to Big Data and e-Government
  • privacy and governance
  • technology related issues including:
    • rights to correct/update information
    • retention periods of information
    • infrastructure,  framework, and applications
    • organizing and accessing data
    • data mining, visualization, and analysis
    • data analytics (discovery and communication of meaningful patterns)

Our objectives in formulating the SIG are to:

  1. Provide a focus point for developing ideas regarding Big Data as it affects libraries. The SIG membership will identify and address the key areas of concern that affect libraries. The key focus identified at the WLIC 2015 meeting was the need for sharing of tools and case studies (successes and failures), skills development, and the ethical aspects (privacy, ownership, etc.).
  2. Provide a platform within IFLA to assess and develop the avenues of response from IFLA to this rapidly developing area.

If you are interested in joining the group or receiving information about its activities, please contact the convenor.

Mailing List

BIGDATA: This list is used to distribute and share information, and communicate with subscribers of the Big Data SIG.

Messages intended for distribution to the list should be sent to: bigdata@infoserv.inist.fr.

NOTE: BIGDATA mailing list is open to anyone interested in the activities, but you need to subscribe to the list to submit & receive messages.

Big Data, mission statement, goals

Last update: 2 February 2018