First of all, I'm very grateful for the discussion my comment sparked. The
remarks about the WWW were particularly interesting, and I can see a
virtual business adopting a similar model - hypermedia is a wonderful
medium for exchanging information across geographical and temporal spaces.
As it is, though, we must make our own 'filters' in the form of bookmarks,
search engines et al. But the important element is that these filters are
OUR OWN - they have not been imposed upon us by the organisational medium
- we have more choice in what information we access. Of course these
filters are crude, but (at the moment) this seems to be the price that
must be paid for being able to access this information.
In a world where no-one knows what sort of work they will be doing in the
future, would a data warehouse (where all information produced by an
organisation was stored awaiting an individual users' personal 'filter')
be the ideal way for an organisation to learn? Relevence is determined by
context, after all.
Finally, given the value-add of a users' personal filter, should an
organisation with a high personnel turnover try to capture users' filters?
It is these, after all, which make the difference between data and
Peter Hornsby <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Learning-org -- An Internet Dialog on Learning Organizations For info: <email@example.com> -or- <http://world.std.com/~lo/>