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Firms warned of information overload

October 9, 2015 | Posted By

Benjamin Balk, the general manager of product and marketing at SAI Global, suggested the legal market was becoming increasingly complex, meaning manual information-gathering processes could overlook crucial data.

“The internet age has also seen a dramatic increase in the amount of information available. Now, there’s almost too much information,” he said.

The Founding of the Modern Research University

September 18, 2015 | Posted By

Towards the end of Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University.

Chad Wellmon writes: ‘The sometimes nervous, sometimes euphoric debate about MOOCs [massive open online courses] crystallised our confusions about the place of the university and exposed our anxieties about what constitutes authoritative knowledge in a digital age. As our institutions and digital technologies change so quickly, the capacity of the research university to fulfil its historical purpose – to generate and transmit authoritative knowledge by forming people in the practice of science – has been cast into doubt.’

Turning Information Overload Into Knowledge

November 12, 2012 | Posted By

There’s information rushing at you from every imaginable portal, from that smartphone in your pocket to billboards along the highway. Indeed, every day some 300 billion emails are sent, 2 million blog posts are written, and more than 35 million apps are downloaded.

There’s enough information consumed on the Internet to fill 168 million DVDs –every single day. Add to that some 129 million books and counting in the world (at least according to Google’s last estimate), and calling it overload is an understatement. But according to Michel Koopman it’s just an opportunity for knowledge–if you know how to consume and leverage it.

Information Overload is Not Just Filter Failure

November 12, 2012 | Posted By

A while ago Clay Shirkey asserted that there is no information overload, just filter failure. That idea seems to be getting another jolt of buzz again, so it’s a good time to offer a modification that I think improves it and addresses a more critical issue: noticing important information that’s not vying for your attention rather than just filtering out the stuff flying at you.

Digital Information Overload Overwhelms and Distracts Students

November 12, 2012 | Posted By

The most recent nationally-representative surveys of the Pew Internet Project found that 95% of teens ages 12-17 are online, 76% use social networking sites, and 77% have cell phones. These results emphasize the considerable amount of activity teens invest in surfing the Internet, using social networking and accessing their mobile devices.

Who in the World Does Research Anymore?

November 5, 2012 | Posted By

What is Research? In our age of information overload, does anyone have the time to do research? Does research lead to innovation, especially in the architecture practice? What is the future of research? How can the American Institute of Architects help? To find these answers and many more, the AIA Research Summit met this past summer in St. Louis.

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Managing Information Overload

October 12, 2012 | Posted By

Julie Wedgwood introduced her talk session titled “Managing Information Overload” by speaking about how much information comes our way every single day and how that could impact the way we introduce social networking into our (learning) business.

Information Overload, Then and Now

October 2, 2012 | Posted By

Feeling overwhelmed by too much information? What else is new? The amount of digital data available on the Web every day reaches records of mind-boggling proportions—now more than a zettabyte (1021 bytes) and presumably accumulating at an ever-increasing rate, estimated at 30-percent growth per year from 1999 to 2002.

How to Fight Information Overload

September 21, 2012 | Posted By

Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.

Online Sharing, Information Overload is Worldwide Problem: Poll

September 21, 2012 | Posted By

The languages and the cultures are different, but the pet peeves of mobile technology users around the globe are the same, with most people annoyed by receiving too much information, according to a poll released on Wednesday.


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