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Christina's LIS Rant
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
  Another PKM article, in an IEEE mag
Clemente, B. E. and V. J. Pollara. "Mapping the Course, Marking the Trail." IT Professional 7, no. 6 (2005): 10-15. DOI: 10.1109/MITP.2005.149

Wow, another article on PKM—also citing “As we may think.”  They’re on to something here… but maybe the execution isn’t there yet or isn’t well-enough described to see….?  I’ve variously talked about wayfinding (see also Lueg and Bidwell) and non-linear or berry picking information seeking.  The authors talk about knowledge discovery trails which seem to kind of be like a stuff I’ve seen/life bits where it tracks where you go online and sort of visualizes your web browsing history.  Unlike the others, it doesn’t yet cover word documents or e-mail or anything besides the firefox browser.  Also, there’s Spinks’ more recent work on multi-task searching and real world experience of continuous attention/distraction/serendipitous finds.  IOW, it’s not clear how the trail deals with simultaneous streams – maybe a new window for each stream?  I guess they don’t really tell us enough to know.

Oh and they also talk about information extraction, but I’m not so sure about that either.
 
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