From Now On
Vol 5|No 6|May/June|1996

Info-Glut Glossary - May/June, 1996

Essential Questions

Questions which matter greatly to the person or team exploring them. They usually touch upon soulful issues, life-and-death themes, or curious anomalies or puzzles which enthrall and delight the imagination. Good essential questions are ultimately unanswerable. But they engage and challenge us for a lifetime, nevertheless.
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Great landfills of poorly contructed, poorly argued and poorly researched information on various topics - most of which would never pass by the discerning and watchful, critical eyes of editors and publishers. There is a reason for "rejection slips" and juried publications. Never confuse quantity with quality or length with insight. Information and truth do not always recognize each other when passing on the Electronic Highway.
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Masses and mountains of information which are so poorly indexed and titled that it virtually impossible to make meaning or sense from them. The mind, the computer and the screen become clogged with hundreds of files and thousands of pages all crying out for attention. The sheer volume is so great that it is difficult to flush!
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information system

An information system is thoughtfully structured and designed to speed and support efficient research. When professionals in information science sit down to design such a system, they focus on the clients' and users' needs, skills and habits. They organize the information to make it accessible and easily sorted and sifted. They provide good annotations. They develop search mechanisms which are user-friendly. The result? Good information at your fingertips in a matter of minutes.
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T.S. Elliot's famous poem . . .

an exerpt . . .

Here is no water but only rock
Rock and no water and the sandy road
The road winding above among the mountains
Which are mountains of rock without water
If there were water we should stop and drink
Amongst the rock one cannot stop or think
Sweat is dry and feet are in the sand

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Events or occurrences falling out of the normal patters, curve or expectation. "Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule." The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.
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