Helping with the information and knowledge overload

The availability of information and knowledge has increased to an unprecedented scale due to the rise of various new Internet-based ICT applications. Moreover, the virtualization and globalization of our society and the increasing speed of change have tremendously increased the dynamic (and volatile) character of information and knowledge resources. Thus, the value and validity of information and knowledge is subject to rapidly changing perceptions, making a concept like “well-informed decision” almost obsolete. Through the ubiquitous availability of these resources, and the increased rate of participation by various actors (consumers, organizations, individual stakeholders, policy makers) in creating them, the quantity and diversity of information and knowledge has become nearly impossible to manage. There is a rapidly growing need for mechanisms that help us cope with these dynamics – from methods to facilitate the creation, sharing and retention of knowledge to intelligent systems that help us sift through the wealth of information.