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IGAP Presents: Richard Volpato on "Information as Events"

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Please arrive between 5:30 and 6 for free pizza and drinks. We will kick off around 6:15.

Richard Volpato will speak on the value of treating information as an event (or process of events), rather than some notional resource. In this way, information systems that not only inform but, in doing so, can also inform their own upgrade, as situations change. Indeed, the noun ‘information’ refers not to a stuff, but an event, in the same way the noun ‘explosion’ refers to an event. Four key information carriers (or ‘informatives’) matter in operating this kind of informatics:

• Ignorance Specifications;

• Retrievable Data;

• Replicable Reports, and

• Scenario Models

Each of these informatives can ‘inform’ the other 3 - producing 6 distinct pathways whereby beliefs can be informed. Part of the challenge here is to realise that beliefs, in these secular days, exist mostly in systems not only in the hearts and minds of people. My talk deals with this in outline but will create the ‘feel’ of this kind of informatics practice including the range of software tools and practices that can now enable this kind work (notably R analytics, Data visualisation, and data acquisition systems). I shall draw on a rich variety of examples, much teaching (2000+ of students), consulting and work building such systems.

Richard Volpato was, until recently, Manager of Allocations and Analytics at the Copyright Agency, Australia. Born in Italy, educated Canberra, ANU, & in UK, University of Cambridge, Richard initially worked in Aboriginal Affairs (Canberra) where he developed weekly briefing systems for Management and Minister (for the newly formed Federal Department with national scope). Later, he developed social research teaching labs in both Universities of Tasmania and Melbourne. He has also worked in analysis roles in Australian Commonwealth and State Governments and in software companies and non-for-profits. After analysing the Victorian Government Local Planning System, Richard, working for Zope Corp., USA, developed a winning Tender for providing a shareable writing platform (using open source software) to enable Local Councils to amend their Planning Schemes. He has also undertaken multi-year projects in data analysis projects into Forestry, Community Services, Public Administration, Superannuation, and Creative economies. Currently he's distilling from all this work, some core practice.