Information Retrieval


microsoft + wikipedia = moderated-pedia?

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 04/09/2005 - 21:42

librarianscott writes "Here's One From Corante:

So Microsoft takes from the whole wikipedia anyone-can-edit encyclopedia, the subset idea of making it easier to suggest changes to specific encyclopedia articles.

Wikipedia depends on people making "free" edits--contributing for the greater good. Would these same kind souls contribute, if they know it will go through a moderator--an expert?"

What CIOs should know about records

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 03/24/2005 - 06:48

Anonymous Patron writes "10 things every CIO should know about managing electronic records is a list from Though the list is obviously aimed at business CIOs, it's interesting and could be applied at libraries as well.They say without question, information management is a high stakes game. The paper trail is now digital, and its first stop is the CIO's office.

British Mobile Phone Question-Answering System

Submitted by rochelle on Thu, 03/17/2005 - 15:53

Cavan writes "In Britain you can text any question from your mobile to AQA (Any Questions Answered) and it will be answered within 10 minutes for one pound (US$1.93). The system relies on a team of handpicked part-time researchers, supported by a database of previously answered questions. "The Independent" newspaper for March 17th, 2005, reports that the system, which has been oprerating night and day for ten months, answers 2,000 questions daily.

No information overload just yet

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 03/10/2005 - 03:06

An Anonymous Patron writes "Despite thousands of e-mails a day, technology analyst Bill Thompson says he is nowhere near his "information overload" limit. See This BBC Report For More"
He says So far he's have not been tempted to upload it all into Google's gmail and make it a fully indexed and searchable archive, or get one of the third party mail indexing tools.

Digital memories: we can forget them for you wholesale!

Submitted by Daniel on Mon, 02/21/2005 - 23:47

Pete writes "This essay _digital_memories/from The Register asks whether we ought to give pause before rushing headlong into the "digital revolution.""Hardly any of the potential consequences of our move to digital products and services are given a moment's thought.