Professor Nina Evans (left), University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, and Professor Louis Fourie (right), Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa, visited the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) campus May 1st to May 4th, 2016. Both Professor Evans and Professor Fourie are Affiliate Members of the UALR Information Quality Graduate Faculty. While visiting with other faculty on campus, they gave a joint lecture to students in Information Quality Graduate Program on May 2, 2016, the last day of UALR Spring Semester classes. Dr. Evans is the Associate Head of the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, and Dr. Fourie is the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Knowledge and Information Technology Services.
Professor Evans lectured on some of her recent research on the value of information and best practices in the information asset management. Her lecture touched on several important issues in Information Asset Management including: What are Information Assets and why are the important? How Information Assets are being managed? What the barriers to proper management? and What are the behavioral and cultural aspects of Information Asset Management? Dr. Fourie’s talk was titled “Business in the Digital Age.” In particular, he lectured on how businesses can’t afford to ignore current developments and rapid changes in technology. His talk covered seven of these trends including the explosive growth of social media, bring your own device (BYOD), augmented reality, big data and analytics, virtual reality, fluid interfaces, and brain-machine interfaces. The full recording of their lectures can viewed here.
Established in 2006 by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Information Quality (MIT IQ), the UALR Information Quality Graduate Program is dedicated to promoting state of the art curriculum in information quality education, contributing new ideas to the information quality knowledge base, and establishing information quality partnerships with the community, government, and industry. The Program’s Master’s Degree has recently been ranked by College Choice as one of 50 Best Online Master’s Degrees in Information Technology Programs.