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AALL Spectrum | May/June 2016 | Volume 20, Number 5

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34 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG Question: How do you see information technology and big data influencing the profession in the next ten years? The Impact of Big Data I sometimes feel that the wealth of data on the internet has led to a lack of a gatekeeper in the ethos, but information profes- sionals can influence the use and collection of big data in the years to come. Perhaps the most obvious opportunity for librarians and big data is pre- venting researchers from making the common mistakes that occur with the analysis of large data sets, including gaps or distortions in coverage, lack of context, and implicit biases. Just as we assist law students, attorneys, and other legal professionals on how to construct the best search, so too will we assist in providing, analyzing, and cross-referencing traditional sources of legal information with other large-scale data sets. Information profession- als will work alongside social scientists to identify which data sets should be consulted, and provide guidance to computer scientists to better design application program interfaces (APIs) for more precise data-driven decisions. Related to assisting researchers in curating database content and pool- ing data sets, information professionals, more than ever, need to educate •••• CAMILLA TUBBS ASSISTANT DEAN FOR LIBRARY AND TECHNOLOGY University of Maryland Thurgood Marshall Law Library Baltimore, MD ctubbs@law.umaryland.edu LEADERSHIP ASK A DIRECTOR

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