Information Renaissance

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines renaissance as “a situation or period of time when there is a new interest in something that has not been popular in a long time” or “a period of new growth or activity”.

This definition is perfect in playing into the concept of the “Information Renaissance”. Right now we are seeing the rapid increase of internet of things devices. We as consumers expect the devices we are purchasing to have the ability to connect with the internet and to connect with each other. As the number of devices continues to grow exponentially, we are outputting extreme loads of “big data”.


This unorganized data presents an incredible opportunity for both consumers and businesses. A Forbes article referenced “All new John Deere tractors are equipped with sensors that can help the company understand how the equipment is being used, and predict and diagnose breakdowns.  But they’ve also put the sensors to work for the farmers, offering access to data about when to plant, where, the best patterns for ploughing and reaping, and more. It’s become an entirely new revenue stream for an old company.”

The information we are putting out there can be harvested in so many ways. Businesses that try to say that information is not a part of their business opportunities are just naïve.

Web 2.0

According to Web 2.0 is defined as “a second generation in the development of the World Wide Web,conceived as a combination of concepts, trends, and technologies thatfocus on user collaboration, sharing of user-generated content, andsocial networking.”

User Collaboration

With technological advances the world we live in has grown a lot smaller by presenting us with efficient opportunities to collaborate. We have tools like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box that allow us to store files and collaborate remotely. We are making moves more and more frequently towards cloud storage.

Social Networking

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines social networking as “the activity of creating personal and business relationships with other people especially by sharing information, personal messages, etc., on the Internet”. It is getting to a point where we don’t have to leave our house to make friends or business connections as referenced. We have our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to get our thoughts, pictures, videos, information out there. We even have tools like LinkedIn to establish a professional profile and connect with other industry professionals.

Web 2.0 is putting the world at our fingertips. We have the ability to accomplish so much with our interconnection by way of the internet. We can establish relationships and accomplish so much in easier, more efficient ways than ever before. As technology continues to improve we are only going to see more change.

Smart Homes

With the rapid growth of the Internet of things consumers are getting to a point where they don’t look at these smart devices as just commercial products, but as household commodities.

The Forbes article above defines smart homes as one where the lights, heating/ventilation/air-conditioning (HVAC), security alarm and other household devices can be automated and remotely controlled by a smartphone, tablet or computer. According to research from Statista, in 2020, the value of the global smart home market will reach $43 billion, nearly triple its value in 2014.

This has proven to be a big opportunity for businesses. A business, Vivint Smart Home based out of Provo, Utah specializes in smart homes. Instead of going out and individually buying smart devices at retail price, Vivint Smart Home gives their customers the options to pay a monthly rate from $40-$80 to get the free installation of multiple devices to make their home “smart”. This is great for the consumer in the sense that they’re getting free, professional installation of these devices and they are always being updated. The business is seeing its own benefits. In 2012 Vivint Smart Home was valued at over $2 billion, and just this past year they brought in $650 million in revenue.

There are so many impressive devices out there that allow us more security and control of our homes. From smart thermostats that track our location and adjust temperatures to coffee pots that we can program with brewing schedules on our phones, our homes are getting smarter and smarter. Live smarter, not harder.

Plagiarism in the work of a Scientist

Plagiarism is a growing issue in science today. Sometimes plagiarism is simply the mistake of not properly citing a source even though the intention was there. Sometimes we make mistakes. There are many tools out there today that you can use to check your work, and your colleagues work. Some of these services are even free, and will give you information on your papers after scanning them.

Plagiarism can be difficult in science because some of the research scientist do is not entirely original. It is okay to use the work of other scientists of the past. Maybe they hit a stopping point in their research that you are trying to break through, and you need to follow the steps they took to get there. Regardless of intentions or motives, recognition needs to be given to the professionals first performing the work.

This above article written in 2012 evaluates two computer scientists from the University of Kansas who published three articles that earned them an invitation to present “their” work in Sweden. Portions of all three published work were confirmed to have been lifted from other professionals works. The article references a number of cases indicating increasing frequency of plagiarism.

Stop the plagiarism. The tools out there to catch it are too successful today and aside from the ethical dilemma brought foreword in plagiarism, being caught can severely damage your professional image.


CICS program in USA context

It’s not just what CICS can do for you, but what you can do for CICS

Quinn Sheridan

The Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University was founded in 1986 with the hopes of providing students at the graduate level with top-of-the-line technologies and a high tech environment and curriculum to develop the leaders of the future. As technology continues to change and improve in business, government, education, and nonprofit organizations across the board there are a number of challenges brought to the work environment. There needs to be an expectation of constant education after the classroom for all students entering the work force.

What makes a CICS candidate

The values of CICS are mapped out in acronym form: Communication, Integrity, Creativity, and Service. Communication is a necessary skill and although it seems to be something basic, it’s a difficult skill to teach. Our communication abilities are always developing as we have different experiences in our personal and professional lives. We are influenced by our relationships and the different life scenarios that put our skills to the test. As a professional it is critical that everyone can effectively communicate with their team and their clients to get the best outcome for their company. Can you come into this program with the ability to lead groups and participate as a team player? Can you ask the right questions when they need to be asked to get the job at hand done? Can you network and make professional connections in formal and informal settings?

Do you have the integrity to make ethical, professional decisions under pressure? Can you be a leader and always make decisions with your personal and business values in mind? Will you hold the people around you to the highest expectations to perform to the best of their ability, and with honesty and accountability?

Are you willing to think outside the box in solving problems in all areas? Can you be flexible and adaptive to the fast paced technology industry and the constant educational demand it insists? Can you think of new, innovative ways to meet consumer needs?

Do you work to provide a real service to the world? Are you willing to invest your time, money, and energy to give back to the community? Can you make a real difference in the world around you with your talents and efforts?

The Center for Information and Communication Sciences provides an incredible network of working professionals that continue to come back and assist in the output of top notch industry leaders. The experienced faculty provides a challenging, immersive learning experience that turns out the highest quality of problem solvers and leaders. Are you ready to go out into the workforce as the go-to person for your employer?