The month of February is fast approaching, and that means that it is nearly time for the annual IORG-sponsored conference on information overload, a gathering of the front-line individuals working to solve the issue of info overload, and open to anyone interested in diving in and learning more about the topic. Announcing Overloaded 2013, the information overload conference that will be taking place February 9th, 2013, in San Francisco, California.
The Information Overload Research Group’s Overloaded 2012 un-conference, a lively one-day gathering of information overload crusaders from a diversity of domains, was a complete success. Two dozen attendees spanning academic, industry, consulting, analyst and public sector backgrounds came together, exchanged research results, viewpoints and opinions, and formed friendships and plans for future cooperation.
We heard two interesting keynotes: Prof. David Levy of the University of Washington spoke about “Educating for Acceleration and Overload”, and Jonathan Spira, IORG’s VP of research and CEO of Basex, shared new research findings on Information Overload.
This kind of informal meeting of like minds is clearly working, and we plan to hold similar events once or twice a year in various locations. If you missed this one, we hope to see you in the next!
On June 27, 2011, IORG hosted five authors of books about Information Overload for a fascinating “Literary Salon” online event, where they discussed their reasons for writing their books and the issues and solutions that they find most significant.
The authors are Dave Crenshaw (author of The Myth of Multitasking), Daniel Forrester (author of Consider), Maggie Jackson (author of Distracted), William Powers (author of Hamlet’s BlackBerry), and Jonathan Spira (author of Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization).
From Ian Price:
On Tuesday, I was invited to be part of the expert panel discussion that launched the three-day summit on Information Overload run by v3.co.uk (previously known us vnnunet).
Given the nature of the audience, the summit as a whole has a technical emphasis and is sponsored by IBM. Having said that, there was a willingness on the panel I took part in to discuss the behavioural issues as well. If you have an hour to spare, you can watch the discussion here.
There is a wealth of other video debates and articles on v3’s site which is particularly rich in technical aspects of information overload such as storage and data centres. A comment article by Ian Williams, however, is a good expression of the view – which I share – that this is more about management than anything else.
From Ian Price:
The issue of information overload is getting increasing media coverage in the UK although it is still some way behind the US.
Next week, V3.co.uk (formerly vnu.net), part of Incisive Media, is taking the lead by hosting a three-day summit. It is opening the event with a live web TV panel discussion on Tuesday November 10th at 11am. I will be on the panel along with representatives from other companies including IBM, The National Computing Centre and Freeform Dynamics.
If you would like to find out more about the event or register, please follow the link below:
Our Information Overload conference no doubt pushed attendees above and beyond the bounds of overload. As a public service here (as Tom Lehrer would say), I’ll review highlights.
The keynote address (mine, actually) presented an overview of the problem, including costs, problem areas, and a few things we can do about the problem right now. (more…)