About IORG

Our Mission, Goals, Membership, and Origins

Our Mission

IORG brings together research, solutions, and people to help reduce the impact of Information overload.  We achieve this through:

  • Seeking to understand the effects of information overload in society—including for-profit, not-for-profit, and government institutions.

  • Facilitating conversations, collaboration and networking among people worldwide – who experience information overload, who study the people who experience it, and who are developing solutions—formal and informal—to address this problem.

  • Educating organizations and individuals – about the economic and social costs of information overload, and cost-effective countermeasures.

  • Spreading research-based solutions – including best practices and technologies.

Our Goals

We are dedicated to reducing information overload – a problem that diminishes the productivity and quality of life of knowledge workers worldwide.

  • We are a diverse group – of researchers, practitioners and technologists from academia, corporations, solution vendors and consultancies.

  • Our broad set of members and single focus provide thought leadership – access to cutting-edge solutions and ideas, promote collaboration between industry and academia, and help shape the science of combating information overload.

Our Membership

We welcome as members those who seek – and seek to share – helpful data and ideas.

  • Our members include researchers, business leaders, industry practitioners, academics, consultants, solution providers, and concerned individuals.

  • We span boundaries. We have members from academia, large and small companies, and consultancies; from diverse corners of the world; and with different approaches, interests and perspectives.

  • We are ultimately interested in solving the problem; in finding real solutions that can be applied in real organizations.

Our Leadership Team

The IORG Leadership Team has representatives from Academia, Business, Technology, and Consulting.

  • Our leadership team is global.  We have members from around the world.
  • We are all volunteers. We contribute our time and efforts and any proceeds from our events help to sustain and grow our organization’s goals.

  • We are always looking for help.  There are many areas we are looking to expand and grow, and if you are interested, please feel free to CONTACT US.

Our Origins

We launched our collaboration in January 2007, in a two-day workshop held in Redmond, Washington.

  • We formed IORG.  This meeting went so well that we all decided to form an ongoing interest group – the “Information Overload Research Group” or “IORG“.
  • The IORG Leadership Team was formed initially by Nathan Zeldes and Jonathan Spira, two pioneers in Information Overload research.  It has since changed and grown over the years, and you can learn more about our current IORG Leadership Team.
  • We are a nonprofit.  We were incorporated in June 2008 as an Oregon nonprofit 501(c)(6) corporation.

Our Sponsors

Below is a list of the IORG sponsors.

  • Please visit and support our sponsors.  They helped to make IORG possible.
  • Want to be a Sponsor of IORG?  You can support a great cause, help us to implement important initiatives, and get great visibility for your organization by references on our site, communications, and our events.  If you are interested, then please CONTACT US!
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