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Design for Data II

Quick follow-up on my post from last night. Over the past week James Enck has been writing a series of posts about ‘analyst blogging’. Ross Mayfield called it a “blog-based research model” and I wrote about it too. Now to be honest I’m not too sure what a “sell-side analyst” is in the investment industry, but what James is writing about is relevant to me both as a self-described web technology analyst (i.e. in my career) and as a topic in that field to analyse.

James’ latest post touches on the ‘design for data’ meme that I’m exploring currently. James said:

“The point of departure for this whole debate was my view about how changing information flows may affect the industry which employs me, and whatever shapes the new information flows to, and between, investors take (centralized, decentralized, information darknets), the outcome for the brokers may be unchanged – marginalization, if they don’t try to reposition their research products to be more relevant.”
(emphasis mine)

I highlighted the bit that strikes me as being very important – networked information flows are changing rapidly and this is affecting a range of industries. From sell-side investment analysts to marketers to KM consultants to underemployed web technology analysts – and many more.

I’m interested in your thoughts on all this – but please comment here on my post from last night: Design for Data part 1.

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