We Cannot Have Too Much Information

We are used to looking at information in a linear way. Typically when we read web pages and documents we are like hunters trying to spot the most valuable information that is hidden in the text.
Our mind directs us to filter information until we find the relevant pearls of wisdom we are searching for. The sifting through vast reams of content is not efficient and mostly tedious.
So the question is: what if we had an ability to quickly access the content according to our wishes? This could mean that  we could directly ask a retrieval system what we need and the system would give us relevant choices.
For example, if we were interested in a specific topic, the search would provide a rich selection of relevant summaries – not links only – directly pertaining to our interests.
So instead of getting a long list of links to documents containing our search term we would get a handy list of the most important excerpts! And all this without the need to analyze each link.
This way of using content makes a huge difference. Instead of being crushed by too much information to analyze, we have direct access only to information that is of immediate interest to us. No more we need to spend time on fruitless sifting and sorting. Instead we get the relevant information directly.
How this is possible? By organizing and indexing information according to the summaries. Very much similar to the way we used to access information using the back-of-the-book index. Only now we can build a web-based back-of-the-book index that serves as an intelligent shortcut to getting desired information quickly and accurately.


 * This mind map was produced using Comapping online collaborative mapping software with Context Organizer automatic summarization.

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About Henry

Hi, I’m Henry Lewkowicz and I’m the CEO of Context Discovery Inc. For long time I have been interested in the importance of context in understanding information. Intuitively we recognize the meaning of context when we say “you took my words out of context”. This phrase vividly signifies how much we care about our intentions and point of view. I believe that in the Internet age context plays a big role in rapid understanding of information. I’ll go on the record and say that in fact seeing information in context dramatically speeds understanding and simplifies application of information. In this blog I hope to have a lively dialog with you on a range of subjects related to context, information overload, knowledge, learning and other fun topics. In the course of doing it I will be using our own application, Context Organizer, as an experiment in capturing in 1 sentence what bloggers and other writers publish. I hope that we all will have some fun with it and learn more about communicating. Although this is primarily a technology and business blog, to great degree it's also my personal blog. From time to time, amongst the customary posts, I will write about issues that I passionately care about, my travels, and photos that I've taken. Periodically I refer to my family or friends, and sometimes you even see my vacation photos. I hope to make lots of new friends and learn a great deal in the process. Life is too short…. Enjoy, and feel free to write to me.
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