Clifford Lynch of the Center for Networked Information gave an overview of the electronic world of information during his plenary speech at the American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Conference. Among the bits that I find particularly worth noting:
* People are creating more data with the intention of it only being used by machines, like certain kinds of metadata.
* University presses were created for a reason many years ago. It’s time to examine that kind of publishing, figure out how well it still works, and make necessary changes.
* We’re providing access to information in ways we haven’t been able to before.
* Tagging is becoming more and more key, but people aren’t using good tags. Change tags from ‘happy street scene’ to ‘grandfather’s news stand circa 1923, grandfather became mayor in 1926.’
The conference venue has no wifi—not even wifi I can buy! Shocking!