Information fertiliser

Thought you might enjoy this paragraph from the chapter in my book exhorting people to resist tidying up their information:

Finding the good stuff is one of the functions of bloggers. Information rag and bone men who curate the weak signal and the long tail. Seeing patterns in the small, the marginal, the messy. This is where those with nerdy curiosity and a good eye can find real value in what others have discarded or not noticed. Boosting these weak signals so that they last long enough to travel long distances takes effort and care. Finding it, recording it and nurturing it are important skills. Separating it in a dynamic way from the noise. Curation is becoming one of the most valued skills on the internet. Pulling together the good stuff. Separating the signal from the noise and boosting it. We will all have to develop these skills. Recycling has become a way of life for many of us. Why not apply this to information and knowledge? Keep your knowledge equivalent of potato peelings and use them to generate compost. Pile more rubbish on the bits of the garden you want to grow and employ gardeners who tend and care for your baby shoots rather than disinfecting your information spaces.

5 thoughts on “Information fertiliser

  1. Funny how the gardening imagery always "crops" up with this stuff. The 1:9:90 ratio (or is it 1:10:100) you have the one person writing and then 9 people commenting and 90 people reading it. It has been often said that it's 1 person planting the garden, 9 doing the weeding and the pruning and then the rest enjoying it. Nice paragraph. Nice paragraph though. And it reminds me of Eno and Byrne making albums out of found objects. As you say recycling. It's knowing what is valuable. That is the trick.


  2. EuanAlso think of how network leverage works here to help us "see" more. 32 pals each with 4 friends who are high trust with 4 friends etc to the power of 4 = 1.3 million sets of eyes and brains – this is a pretty powerful filter


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