December 6, 2010 – Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of digital data and information available? It is no surprise. The amount of data available on the Web every day continues to reach record-setting proportions, with an estimated 30 percent growth per year.

This information was found on The Chronicle of Higher Education in their article, “Information Overload, Then and Now.” The author points out that regardless of the hundreds of thousands of pages available, it only takes one or two pages of search results to overwhelm a user — which means information overload happened long before digital data took over. The reaction to information overload is often emotional, both hostile and enthusiastic.

The references that this article mentions highlight the importance of finding and using the right tools to make discerning choices about the information we ingest.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.