I attended a webinar with David Weinberger last night, in which he talked about his book “Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room”

I’ve been intrigued with this book and his earlier book “Everything is Miscellaneous” since they came across my radar a few weeks ago.  He reportedly addresses issues of organization on the Internet, and also mentions a lot about Cataloguing and Classification.  What librarian wouldn’t want to read about that!?

Full webinar will be available here: http://www.futureofeducation.com/notes/Past_Interviews

Here are a few of my notes from the webinar.  And in the spirit of “putting it out there” before it’s been “nailed down,” I haven’t filtered my notes very much…

Our conception of knowledge for the past 200 (2000?) years has been tied to paper and its limitations.

Our knowledge is characterized by the paper limitation, but it turns out that is quite fragile.  As soon as we got a new medium (Internet), we began to realize how ill-founded those institutions are.

Limitations of paper based recording led us to have a simpler belief that the world is more knowable than it actually is…

We have entered an era of publishing first and filtering afterward.  We put the knowledge out there before it’s been “nailed down.”

Knowledge is that upon which we settle. Plato: “Knowledge is justified true belief.”

Knowledge in many ways now is UNSETTLED and we’re finding a great deal of value in that.

In the realm of big data, the data that is being released has not been “cleaned.”  Curation doesn’t scale.

Cloud of experts has value because of the disagreement.  Disagreement makes the knowledge better.

In Science, there is a move away from peer review (e.g., http://arxiv.org; M. Nielson’s book “Reinventing discovery”)

KEY MESSAGE:
Knowledge is taking on the properties of the network – no longer the properties of paper.

 

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