Honk and Infoshaping

July 6, 2012

We issued another test issue of Honk, the opt in newsletter about search and content processing. The lead story this week is “Infoshaping: The New Approach to Search.” The feature story in Honk each week tackles a subject and takes a more direct, blunt approach to the topic. The stories in Beyond Search, OpenSearchNews, Inteltrax, TheTrendPoint, and SharePoint Semantics are useful. We do, however, write around some sensitive issues. In fact, we don’t do “real news.” We prefer to leave that to “real” journalists. The goslings and I are more along the lines of reference librarians with feathers.

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In the infoshaping article, I tackle the touchy subject of disinformation and weaponized information. We think the subject is important because as education becomes less able to produce individuals who can think critically, the opportunity to manipulate or frame a subject increases. How does this impact search? Well, people use online search systems and analytics systems without understanding what choices are made to control the information in the index. If information is not in the index or in the database, that information is tough to find. When the information is shaped, most users don’t know what is what.

Over the years, I have produced a number of for fee articles. Information about most of my monographs is readily available, but the for fee articles are more difficult for inexperienced researchers to locate. We have just posted on LinkedIn under my public profile, a list with links to about 100 of my columns and features. You can locate the list at Stephen E Arnold on LinkedIn. If the link on the “new and improved” LinkedIn does not work, navigate to the LinkedIn.com Web site and search for “Stephen E Arnold.” There are two with that name, but I am the shifty, wrinkled and stupid looking one.

A number of the for fee write ups tackle the subject of infoshaping, but not as directly as I do in this week’s Honk feature. We are in test mode. You can opt in by writing to one of the goslings at thehonk@yandex.com or click this link.

Stephen E Arnold, July 6, 2012

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