In Information to Intelligence, I mentioned a process of progressive discovery of actionable intelligence from information streams. Our approach was to filter information based on relevance to your organization/business at every step of a multi-step process.
Today while going through some material on Semantic Web, I came across this nice presentation from We Know It. We know it caught my attention since they were talking about collective intelligence (an interest area of many of us at Program for the future).
Here is a copy of the concept of layered intelligence from the presentation.
I think extracting semantic relationships from the large amount of public, organizational and social data may end up being the base information for specialized search engines.Imagine having access to public data about clinical trials and applying some kind of progressive extraction of intelligence and taking the output and representing it using a set of statements (say RDF triples). We can conceive of a very powerful search engine that uses this data to answer a variety of questions about healthcare
I was listening to the Tech Nation Podcast where Moira interviews Chris Mooney, the author of Unscientific America. The book deals with a fascinating topic – How Science illiteracy threatens our future.
In the interview they discuss a variety of topics including:
What the average citizen needs to know
Impact of Science on Economy
Chris mentions that if you are in the “know”, you are in a privileged position. This goes beyond Science Literacy into Information Literacy. So let us ask the question differently. What is the minimal knowledge you need ? And how do you plan to acquire it?
Thanks to the internet you have lots of choices. The problem, however, is too many choices. Where do you start? How do you proceed? What exactly do we mean by Information literacy? What is it to a common man? To a Professional? To a Business?
We have been enjoying the benefits of Google Search and Google Trends. Once in a while, Google comes up with some interesting tools that gives us a peek at what you can do by tracking search trends. A search provides some insight into interests and sentiments. By tracking a large number of searches and identifying search patterns, you can get some glimpses into mass sentiments.
Google Domestic Trends track Google search traffic across specific sectors of the economy. Changes in the search volume of a given sector on google.com may provide unique economic insight. You can access individual trend indexes by clicking on the left-hand navigation.
When you look at trends of searches people do, you get a very high level view of the sentiments. Google provides this for US, Canada, UK, China and Hong Kong. It is amazing that you can download some of the data into your spreadsheets for further analysis.