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Joshua Chalifour
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Information professional, analyst, writer, board game inventor, content strategist, student mastering library & information studies (archives focus)
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  • Concordia University
    WCM System Migration Project Team Member, 2013 - present
    I collaborate with academic and administrative units to ensure that the university’s digital presence reflects its identity, strategic priorities, and best serves the people that use it. I develop, enhance, manage, and help others develop content suiting public and private Web sites, mobile and social media, and news. I work within the university's communications services department.
  • Adomoc International
    Founder, 2010 - present
    I'm making a global space for people to get information, discuss, purchase, and otherwise aggregate around the strategy board game, Adomoc.
  • Technology Evaluation Centers
    Director of Knowledge Services, 2002 - 2013
    I led and directed the research and publishing strategies for advisory firm, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). I was responsible for directing the bulk of the analysis content, which centered around in-depth evaluation of enterprise software systems. I developed many of the company's research models, reports, and services, while overseeing custom research and decision support projects (for both end users and software vendors). I formed the company's writing, editing, translation, analyst, and data management teams, managing up to 30 people. In other roles, I led the information management and collaboration research (content management domains like ECM or WCM) both internally and serving as TEC's public-facing analyst as well as initiated and developed resarch on free and open source software systems/business/ecosystems. I worked on projects with organizations from sectors such as manufacturing to government; as well as led and participated in projects to evaluate and model business requirements in order to express them as technical software requirements. I also developed strategies for SEO, social media, and specialized data analyses.
  • Technology Evaluation Centers
    Content Manager & Open Source Analyst, 2002 - 2008
  • Intraware
    Content Manager, 1999
    I started as a software analyst, moved into copyediting and content management, and took on marketing writing and PR roles.
  • John F. Kennedy University
    Lab/Network Technician, 1997
  • BASS
    WAN System Administrator & ACD Admin, 1993
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Introduction
My epic will be a taxonomy of invisible rules that enable, starting with birth. 

My livelihood focuses on information management disciplines. I've done in-depth study on archival digitization processes and practices. I've analyzed large quantities of information for enterprise decision support services, synthesized competitive intelligence, and researched the systems to manage and present it all.

I'm especially interested in intellectual liberty, long-term archival problems, digital media, culture, open access, information and content strategy, emerging technology currents, environmental symbiosis, and the issues intersecting these things.

I conceived and launched the Adomoc board game (abstract strategy), have written some novels (unpublished) and poems, and collaborated on musical scribble and a son. I enjoy exploring the deep crevices of grammar and sound. Everything else is improvised.
Bragging rights
I'm not dead yet.
Education
  • McGill University
    Library and Information Studies (MLIS), present
  • University of California Berkeley
    Philosophy (BA), 1999
  • UC Berkeley Extension
    Editing Courses, 2000
  • AT&T
    Certification in AT&T Definity PBX Administration, 1995

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This is a pretty interesting study on how to make a widespread major change. Rather than trying to go directly and get everyone to change their diets, this group started strategically changing the way food producers, marketers, etc. made and sold food, among many other changes. In the end, all of the peripheral changes added up to an entire overhaul of the population's eating and living habits, without the people ever really consciously overhauling their lives.
In the province of North Karelia, an unorthodox doctor defied conventional public-health wisdom to successfully overhaul regional cuisine and improve heart health.
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Will the next generation of telepathy machines make us closer, or are there unforeseen dangers in the melding of minds?
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Google is changing, which isn't surprising. Fine, but this is a good reminder why it's a bad idea to think that a corporation, where ultimately the goal is to make an ever increasing profit, shouldn't be sole or even primary source for ensuring very long term archival and preservation of information. We need other entities that focus on that goal to serve that role.
As Google abandons its past, Internet archivists step in to save our collective memory.
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Great article that drives home the message that we need public, not private archives for universal access (at least to those with internet access) to all information.

What it misses is that people also need help to learn how to navigate, search, make sense or, and make use of the Internet Archive's massive public database. We're not all born librarians and library skills seem to be falling out of favour in our textbook oriented education systems. We could end up with the best archives ever but with very few people who know how to use them.
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My four-year old recently told me that Schubert was just for babies (he also lumped Thelonious Monk into this category). Now at his ripe age, he refuses to listen to anything but Beethoven, Jingle Bells, and Patti Smith. If I thought he'd pay attention, I'd read him this article. 
Unlike Beethoven, Schubert wrote song compulsively, and achieved mastery in it as a teenager. It was as a composer of song that he first became famous; and his fecundity and sophistication in that genre, his gift for melody and his grasp of harmonic drama, both inner and outer, in turn lifted its status.
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Before he revolutionized philosophy, Ludwig Wittgenstein was an elementary school teacher in the mountains of rural Austria for six years. Read more about this seldom talked about part of Wittgenstein’s life on our blog.
In the 1920s, the philosopher decamped to the mountains of Austria, where he taught schoolchildren—and they taught him.
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À l'échelle de la province, les bibliothèques publiques sont de plus en plus fréquentées et le nombre d'emprunts augmente également.

Il en va de même pour le prêt numérique, qui depuis son arrivée connaît une croissance exponentielle! http://bit.ly/1BgZm65

Pour plus de détails et de statistiques sur l'étude de l'Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec : http://bit.ly/1Lmwprm
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How a paywall prevented research from spreading in Liberia that could have helped prevent the outbreak.
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Real, long-term thinking. I especially like the part about jumping into the umbilical cord to a baby universe.
It is only a matter of time before our Universe goes black, cold and dies. Must this be the end of the road for life?
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It’s time for a cultural institute for Europe’s largest and most resilient minority.
The value of building up the confidence of the Roma should not be underestimated.
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Get ready for the National Day of Action against secret police Bill C-51 on Saturday. Find out where to attend an event near you at http://we.leadnow.ca/stopc51-om
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A detailed look at two very different understandings of the Bhagavad Gita and how those influenced history. 
How did Indian tradition transform the Bhagavad Gita into a bible for pacifism, when it began life as an epic argument persuading a warrior to engage in a battle, indeed, a particularly brutal, lawless, internecine war?
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"What’s Happening to Canada?" Ralph Nader asks. His open letter concerns Harper's hyperbole on terrorism & the bad bill #C51 #cdnpoli
February 18, 2015. The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P. 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2. Dear Prime Minister: Many Americans love Canada and the specific benefits that have come to our country from our northern neighbor's many achievements (see Canada Firsts by Nader, ...
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It's what you'd get in the US if Rick Perry and Sarah Palin got elected to the Whitehouse. With Michelle Bachman as Secretary of Sate.

Crazy fascist oil drillers, eh?
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