Artificial Intelligence has long entered our workplace and home. Collaborative robots are used to interact with humans on the factory floor, deliver parts or perform repetitive or even dangerous tasks. In our homes AI devices are found in form of robot vacuum cleaners, devices that monitor moisture levels in the garden or automatically re-order laundry detergent.
Machine learning as well as sound- and image-recognition technologies are already being used to analyze digital collections and identify topics and entities, assign metadata and enable non-textual search and discovery. Librarians are working with machine learning technologies, to enhance classification schemes to improve search and recall precision. Data visualization tools such as Springer Nature SciGraph Explorer can be used to identify unexpected connections among concepts, researchers, and institutions. While in the past information professionals have been in involved in building customized search engines and created LibGuides, today, librarians and other information professionals can actively participate in designing the next AI-based new knowledge discovery tools and embed their focus on enabling the best information into these new tools.
In the future AI will enable new capabilities to address library user’s information needs. Libraries can use AI tools to provide not just information but deep intelligence—offering “Insight As A Service (IAAS).” Librarians can prepare for providing IAAS by identifying tools that might be relevant to their user groups. Sources such as ‘Nature Machine Intelligence’ and the Springer Nature eBook collection ‘Intelligent Technologies and Robotics’ offer a wide perspective on trends in artificial intelligence and related technologies.
AI is impacting the way information is processed and searched for and information professionals will be able to use these exciting new technologies to enhance their services and help users find and access specific information more easily and quickly. If you are interested in further information, download our latest whitepaper about AI or contact us for a quote.