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Verbosity and algorithmic defences

The flood of information that is coming through our personal data buses is increasing all the time. I came across a couple of comparative statistics the other day that blew me away, and I wonder if we are all foolishly ignoring that data deluge and betting on algorithms to save the day. Continue reading Verbosity and algorithmic defences

Trade Magazine Hub and whitepapers

I found a [very nice site](http://bit.ly/xPWCpi) that acts as a hub for an extensive number of industries, detailing trade magazines, white papers, downloads and *podcasts* by sector. It is webified so is searchable by keyword and can allow you to consume updates as *rss*. I’m countint 23 industry sectors, ranging from *Agriculture* to *Utility and Energy*, including *Life Sciences*, *Education*, *Healthcare* and *Finance*.

So, the breadth of the curation is good, and there is a clear amount of energy being placed into it by the staff, but they fail to make some simple integrations that would make the resource Web 2.0. When you click through to a particular resource you are exported out to the host site (in at least the cases that I tested) where you are challenged by another information gathering process. Why not simply create a single profile and home it on the hub site, and push that information across to the next site as a roaming profile. There are plenty of to do this, e.g, [openid](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenID), [hCard](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HCard), or there is the upcoming [Windows 8](http://www.geek.com/articles/news/windows-8-cloud-powered-roaming-user-profiles-revealed-20110427/) to act as a target for what a large percentage of the public should be able to leverage soon enough.

While I appreciate the efforts gone into by the hub, you can clearly see the tensions of each organization to get what they need out of the experience of the user accessing the site, namely, *their marketing information*. And while I’m certain that those marketing people need that data to sustain themselves, it is not *user-centric* in its approach. It adds clicks (keyboard as well as mouse!) making it onerous.