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A 1945 Essay On Information Overload, Curation, And Open-Access Science | Maria Popova

A 1945 Essay On Information Overload, Curation, And Open-Access Science | Maria Popova | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article by great curator Maria Popova:

"Tim O’Reilly recently admonished that unless we embrace open access over copyright, we’ll never get science policy right. The sentiment, which I believe applies to more than science, reminded me of an eloquent 1945 essay by Vannevar Bush, titled “As We May Think.”

 

Much of what Bush discusses presages present conversations about information overload, filtering, and our restless “FOMO” — fear of missing out, for anyone who did miss out on the memetic catchphrase — amidst the incessant influx. Bush worries about the impossibility of ever completely catching up and the unfavorable signal-to-noise ratio.

 

Bush makes an enormously important — and timely — point about the difference between merely compressing information to store it efficiently and actually making use of it in the way of gleaning knowledge.

 

To that end, I often think about the architecture of knowledge as a pyramid of sorts — at the base of it, there is all the information available to us; from it, we can generate some form of insight, which we then consolidate into knowledge; at our most optimal, at the top of the pyramid, we’re then able to glean from that knowledge some sort of wisdom about the world.

 

He stresses, as many of us believe today, that mechanization — or, algorithms in the contemporary equivalent — will never be a proper substitute for human judgment and creative thought in the filtration process.

 

He presages hypertext, the internet, and even Wikipedia — and, perhaps more importantly, laying out a model for what excellence at the intersection of the editorial and curatorial looks.

 

Bush nails the value of what we call today, not without resistance, “information curation”:

Bush wrote: "There is a new profession of trail blazers, those who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record. The inheritance from the master becomes, not only his additions to the world’s record, but for his disciples the entire scaffolding by which they were erected."

 

He concludes by considering the cultural value and urgency, infinitely timelier today than it was in his day, of making our civilization’s “record” — the great wealth of information about how we got to where we are — manageable, digestible, and useful in our quest for knowledge, wisdom, and growth..."

 

Read full, long and interesting article here: 

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/10/11/as-we-may-think-1945/

 

 


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teoportal's curator insight, December 19, 2012 11:49 AM

Tu vivienda esta aquí (pisos, apartamentos, chalets, villas, casas, adosados, locales, estudios, etc .....o promoción de obra nueva) nunca fue tan fácil en comprar tu vivienda, nosotros les ofrecemos una gestión personalizada en compra de tu vivienda, pide mas información sin compromiso.

Lisa Labon's curator insight, January 28, 2013 9:52 AM

Mind boggling to think what that the overload of content he speaks of is now created in a single day, every day.

garassini's curator insight, March 11, 2013 6:51 AM

Applicare il metodo delle associazioni mentali all'archiviazione e alla ricerca delle informazioni. La visione profetica di Vannevar Bush.

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Assemblathon 2 wins open data award | Genome 10K Project

Assemblathon 2 wins open data award | Genome 10K Project | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Assemblathon 2 paper in the journalGigascience won the Open Data Award from the 2013 BioMed Central Annual Research Awards. The award, sponsored by LabArchives, recognizes leadership in tackling the challenges associated with open sharing of research results.

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Singapore government focuses on Big Data, Open Data, Cloud & Security | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare

Singapore government focuses on Big Data, Open Data, Cloud & Security | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Technology will continue to revolutionise the way governments operate. The Singapore government will be leveraging the opportunities provided by Big Data, sensors, cloud and open data to improve productivity and citizen services, while ensuring information security, said Zaqy Mohamad, Member of Parliament & Chairman for the Government Parliamentary Committee, Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), Singapore.

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Interview with Beatrice Martini from the Open Knowledge | opensource.com

Interview with Beatrice Martini from the Open Knowledge | opensource.com | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In this interview, Beatrice Martini shares what a regular day at Open Knowledge looks like, highlights from the Open Knowledge Conference, and what she envisions for the upcoming Open Knowledge Festival.

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Is Data Scraping Useful For You?

Is Data Scraping Useful For You? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

As a business, it is important to always have relevant and useful information on hand for when you might need it. It can however be difficult to acquire all this information and especially to sort it out so that you only store the important information. This is why there exists data scraping services to make this process easier for you.

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Training content needed on OA, open data and open science | EIFL

Training content needed on OA, open data and open science | EIFL | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Have you, or your organization, created or repackaged/reused training content (from briefing papers, to presentations, videos, etc) on open access, open data and open science in any language, which can be useful and used in the FOSTER training context?  

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From Coding to Tangible Results: FEMA’s First Open Data Town Hall | FEMA.gov

From Coding to Tangible Results: FEMA’s First Open Data Town Hall | FEMA.gov | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
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Open Education | Open Education Europa

Open Education | Open Education Europa | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The aim of this scoreboard is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of MOOCs and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs available on different open websites. 

European MOOCs are those provided by European institutions, regardless of the platform that hosts them. Each and every MOOC provider was contacted individually to get the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available. All of the MOOCs accounted for in the scoreboard are also listed in the MOOCs aggregator on this website. 

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The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: Dramatic Growth of Open Access First Quarter 2014

The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: Dramatic Growth of Open Access First Quarter 2014 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Highlights this quarter: three open access initiatives illustrating particularly strong growth this quarter are featured (Directory of Open Access Books, Highwire Press free sites, and PubMedCentral with 5 of the top 15 spots by quarterly growth rate).

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How government can promote open data | McKinsey & Company

How government can promote open data | McKinsey & Company | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open data has the potential not only to transform every sector of the economy but also to unleash more than $3 trillion in global economic value annually. Government has a critical role to play. A McKinsey & Company article.

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Is Open Data Making Good on the Promise of Turbo-Boosted Development? The Operational Use of Open Data.

Open data is important, but how is open data being used around the world to improve the quality of life and advance development objectives? Open data continues its ascent as a popular concept, entering mainstream consciousness and being implemented more broadly around the world. We need to look no further than Google search trend analysis to observe open data’s rise in netizen interest -- now even rivaling interest in international development. 

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Interview with an Author – Paul Brookes

Interview with an Author – Paul Brookes | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Today, PeerJ published a study entitled “Internet publicity of data problems in the bioscience literature correlates with enhanced corrective action” by Dr Paul Brookes. This article deals with the topic of how corrections to the scientific literature are handled and so we felt it would be informative to have Dr Brookes provide some insight into the publication.

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Canadian web experience toolkit | Make government better, together.

Government websites often share many of the same basic requirements such as usability, accessibility, and interoperability. Rather than reinvent the wheel each time, the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada developed the Web Experience Toolkit to create a set of shared templates for all government websites.


After extensive user acceptance testing, this mobile-first, multilingual framework can be completely customized for any public or private use case. As project lead Paul Jackson remarked during a recent webinar, “It actually became much easier for everyone to meet their requirements and a lot less costly by everyone pooling their resources into a common solution that everyone could repurpose.” Even the documentation itself is open source and collaborative using GitHub Pages.

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data journalism International Journalism Festival #ijf14

Data journalism 2014 programme. International Journalism Festival #ijf14

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Big data and open data: what's what and why does it matter?

Big data and open data: what's what and why does it matter? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Both types of data can transform the world, but when government turns big data into open data it's especially powerful

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Metacademy

Metacademy | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Metacademy is a community-driven, open-source platform for experts to collaboratively construct a web of knowledge. Right now, Metacademy focuses on machine learning and probabilistic AI, because that's what the current contributors are experts in. But eventually, Metacademy will cover a much wider breadth of knowledge, e.g. mathematics, engineering, music, medicine, computer science…

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Monithon.it : a civic monitoring activity based on the Open Data of OpenCoesione

Monithon.it : a civic monitoring activity based on the Open Data of OpenCoesione | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

During the ForumPA 2013 several activities related to Open Data and reuse of PSI in Italy were announced, including the Monithon project. The idea behind Monithon was born some months earlier, during the Spaghetti Open Data first meeting.  

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Open science and research initiative in Finland - Juha Haataja - YouTube

Open science and research initiative in Finland: Persistency and infrastructure as backbone for openness, Juha Haataja, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland

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Data, information, knowledge and power – exploring Open Knowledge’s new core purpose | Tim's Blog

Data, information, knowledge and power – exploring Open Knowledge’s new core purpose | Tim's Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Summary: a contribution to debate about the development of open knowledge movements

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, April 14, 11:17 AM

The Open Knowledge Foundation (re-named as as ‘Open Knowledge’) are soft-launching a new brand over the coming months.

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Over 600 educators and entrepreneurs submitted proposals to the Open Education Challenge

Over 600 educators and entrepreneurs submitted proposals to the Open Education Challenge | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The call for applications to the Open Education Challenge closed on March 21, resulting in a grand total of 611 submissions from 74 countries worldwide. This response represents a wellspring of innovative technologies and practices for opening up education. 

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Open Access Maps at NYPL

Open Access Maps at NYPL | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. 

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GeoConnections - Discovery Portal

GeoConnections - Discovery Portal | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The GeoConnections Discovery Portal is a metadata catalogue that enables GIS users, developers and data suppliers to find, evaluate, access, visualize and publish Canadian geospatial and geoscience data products and Web services.

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Open Data: How We Got Here and Where We're Going by Rufus Pollock - YouTube

Over the past few years, there has an explosive growth in open data with significant uptake in government, research and elsewhere. Open data has the potential to transform society, government and the economy, from how we travel to work to how we decide to vote. But wehave only just begun down this road, and the going, even so far, has not always been easy.In his talk, Rufus Pollock introduces the idea of open data, explains how, and why, we are where we are today, and, finally, looks to the future of the rapidly evolving open data ecoystem.

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Open data sheds light on how universities are minority providers of commissioned research to government

Open data sheds light on how universities are minority providers of commissioned research to government | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Anyone under the impression that universities are the dominant suppliers to government of commissioned research, advice, and knowledge, think again. Open data on government spending shows the relative dominance of other suppliers and mediators of knowledge to government – not least the private sector and think tanks. Simon Bastow presents some preliminary government-wide data.

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The cost of open access publishing: a progress report

The cost of open access publishing: a progress report | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Wellcome Trust recently published details of how much it spent on open access publishing in the year 2012-2013 in an attempt to make the debate around the costs of open access publishing more evidence-based. The data we released fuelled much discussion online and Robert Kiley, Head Digital Services at the Wellcome Library, gives an update…

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Thoreauback's curator insight, April 9, 2:57 PM

How much are free textbooks costing the publishing industry?

 

This isn't dealt with in the article (the article is about upfront fees paid by libraries so researchers have free access) but it made me wonder how big publishers like Elesevier and Wiley are going to sweeten the author deals so that authors/scholars can look away from the burden carried by students.

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Government releases first wave of multi-million pound open data fund

Government releases first wave of multi-million pound open data fund | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The government has announced a £1.5m grant to be invested in organisations championing the open data initiative.
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