[Irtalk] Thinking about Internet Scale | The Scholarly Kitchen

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Jul 21 14:34:14 SAST 2015

*To solve the information overload problem*, which is a problem of enormous
size even if the growth of accessible articles is limited to the paid-for
collections in academic libraries,* we have to find a new kind of reader*,
one that is not subject to the limited time of the human researcher. *We
know who that reader is: it is a machine*. A well-designed machine, *built
for ingesting text and identifying meaningful patterns, is not subject to
information overload*. Indeed, the bigger the meal, the happier the bot.
Here is where open access and Internet scale meet, in the world of text-
and data-mining and the machines that conduct this task. (I first
encountered this idea in a piece by Clifford Lynch.)

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