Thursday, March 26, 2009

Discovery is not the problem that needs to be solved

I admire Eric Lease Morgan's ability to distill ideas into words. In his latest musing, he writes about Next-Generation catalogs and begins with asking this key question: To what degree is it an inventory list or a finding aide?

Next generation catalogues are also called discovery layers and on this matter, I would like to quote my favourite passage of the piece

"Discovery" is not the problem that needs to be solved. People can find more information than they have ever been able to find before. We are still drinking from the proverbial fire hose. What is needed are tools to enable people to use, to integrate, to exploit, to understand the things they find.

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