The problem with information

There’s already plenty of decent information available already (50 million published peer reviewed articles, 2,5 millions published each year). Big Data will produce even more knowledge.

That’s excellent, but:

  • The more information, the harder to search for it for an average end user.
  • Evaluation information quality and reliability becomes more and more complex – with the raise of different smearing, spam and information war practices and techniques.
  • There are no reliable datasets available to train different algorithms for detecting “non-facts” – so although robots and AI’s are getting better each day, humans are and much more efficient in evaluating complex information. Therefore robots and algorithms will become attractive market for curated and verified content (in the form of machine readable facts).
  • Not all information is static – more and more information becomes dynamic – meaning it will change in time.

What can be done about it?

  • The usability of information can be improved.
  • The maturity and quality (reliability, validity, accuracy, relevance) of information can be both improved and made accessible when information is served.
  • Technology can help serving this additional info at relevant time – information can be smarter.

Read more about The Smart Fact Manifesto.