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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Sunday, December 04, 2005

    Collaboration and Community (2)

    Lorcan Dempsey pointed me to an earlier posting in his blog, which I must have missed, and which quoted Nicholas Carr as suggesting that the "blogosphere, and the internet in general, is basically an anti-social place, a fantasy of community crowded with isolated egos pretending to connect". I would have to agree that some blogs can only lead you to that conclusion!

    I would not agree that serious blogging - blogging in any professional sphere, if you like - is only so much shouting down the wind. It is a useful means of publication: I communicate an idea and someone - perhaps, Lorcan - reads it. Perhaps there is a reply that I can read. My point was that the process could be improved by moving from communication to conversation, and we need a mechanism better than many single blogs to get a really good debate going.
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