I haven’t looked at the 10 (!) articles in Science yet, but it is hilarious to read the CHE summary article ‘Drowning in Data‘.
It is not, as denizens of CSID would expect, an account of how we have too much data, with people raising the possibility that this could portend the end of the ‘knowledge society’, ie our thoughtless embrace of the infinite pursuit of knowledge.
We may be drowning in the stuff, but that doesn’t mean we should consider the slowing (stopping? destroying?) of information production. Quite the contrary. We simply need better management of data. And–surprise–NSF and NIH grants will help us work out the technologies necessary to preserve, relate, and enhance all this information.
It makes you wonder when we will first hear of a defense for the burning of books….