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Everything is miscellaneous : the power of the new digital disorder / David Weinberger.

By: Weinberger, David.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Times Books/Henry Holt and Co., c2007Edition: 1st ed.Description: 277 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0805080430 :.Subject(s): Digital electronicsDDC classification: 621.381 | 621.381
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-257) and index.

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Weinberger (fellow, Berkman Ctr. for the Internet & Society, Harvard Law Sch.; Small Pieces Loosely Joined) analyzes the Internet's impact on the way we look at the organization of information. As he sees it, the order of things, with the shift from the physical to the digital, is changing: in the physical world, everything had its own place; in the digital world, everything is miscellaneous, fitting into multiple categories. Weinberger describes and assesses the traditional ways of organizing information, including the examples of Dewey, Linnaeus, and Ranganathan, and then moves on to the new order including online digital arrangements of archival photographs from the Bettman Archive to the lists and categories of books and other products on This thought-provoking book allows readers to step back and take a look at how the digital world impacts how they are and will be looking at arrangements of objects and information. Highly recommended to students and researchers of business, social sciences, education, and library science. It adds another dimension to the latter field and should be recommended reading for its students and faculty.-Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Societies have depended on information professionals to organize information for efficient retrieval and to design effective data warehouses and access schemes. Yet in the digital age humans want to find information in new configurations and clusters that defy traditional methods. Noting this major transformation, Weinberger (fellow, Harvard Law School's Beckman Center for the Internet and Society) discusses how consumers have grown dependent on Internet search engines to find information and social communities and what this means for business, education, and society in general. He covers the various aspects of gathering, vetting, and organizing all the new kinds of information available in an online world. The new "businesses" created by search engines are forcing people to reconsider the ubiquitous organizing paradigms of the past. Weinberger explores the effects of the Internet age on communication and comprehension and also the cultural biases for generating and accessing information. He advises that successful organizations will learn to view their data warehouses as means to gain insights into customer behaviors instead of regarding it as a sunk cost, and cites examples of businesses successfully doing so. While Weinberger does not offer prescriptions, he challenges readers to consider the new reality caused by the "new digital disorder." Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and practitioners. N. J. Johnson Metropolitan State University

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David Weinberger is the co-author of the international bestseller The Cluetrain Manifesto and the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined . A fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, Weinberger writes for such publications as Wired , The New York Times , Smithsonian , and the Harvard Business Review and is a frequent commentator for NPR's All Things<br> Considered . In 1994, he founded Evident Marketing, a strategic marketing firm on technology issues, and he served as the senior Internet adviser to the Howard Dean campaign. He lives in Boston.

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