Gail Hodge of Advanced Information Research & Technologies Group, Information International Associates, Inc. talks about fluid content in a personalized context. She concentrates on providing information to the intelligence community, something that’s gained prominence since 9-11. I was surprised to hear that over 80% of intelligence information is open source. Gail’s group surveyed users and discovered great diversity in how they used information and what delivery methods they were comfortable with. This means that, to be effective, a personalized workflow is essential. Update schedule is important, as is version control. Gail also made reference to differences in those digital natives and immigrants — which seems to have become the informal theme of this conference.
Les Grivell is in a totally different discipline, molecular biology. He showed slides with moving cells to emphasize how important dynamic rather than static information is becoming. His surveys show an increasing need for better inconnectivity, particularly literature articles with different types of molecular data, including images, searching and retrieving full text even when users aren’t at their desks, and the importance of multilingual. Now he’s demonstrating E-BioSci with query fingerprints connecting with resource fingerprints. There’s also a version for non-specialist searchers, such as school teachers and students. This is a European project, funded by the EC.
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