Friday, 9 March 2012

I'm a data old man

I like Euan Semple's metaphor:

"Bloggers are the rag and bone men of the information world. They root around in the rubbish tips of information, picking over the bones and finding the good bits. They combine discarded writing in new, innovative and productive ways. They re-discover long forgotten information and breathe life into it by giving it context and meaning. When they combine in networks they offer the possibility of increasing the usefulness and longevity of your information as never before."

There is one note of caution: those of us who do not have easy access to great libraries are constrained by the fact that the World Wide Web is like a smart teenager. The great dumping of information on to the Web started around 1997, which skews its quality.

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