Monday, June 1, 2009
You're an Information Manager; did you know that?
Oh yes you are, and let’s not argue about that one.
One of the wonderful aspects of being Human is the ability to clothe our thoughts in words. Of course these words build up and equally demolish. This paradox is reconciled in the degree of intelligent use of words. We all choose our thoughts which in turn create our words. Words are data.
Data when aggregated becomes information, which then must be contextualized in order to exhibit a level of knowledge. This knowledge must be organized in order for it to be of any constructive use for the furtherance of the human condition. Therefore we manage information.
Now this is something we actually do naturally, but many of us have willingly given up this uniquely human attribute. So in this age we map out information and, in doing so we rely on tools, techniques and mindsets that take care of our ever growing information management needs.
Are you with me?
Some of us hand draw, doodle and Mind map, and some of us have chosen to rely on technology. Tony Buzan is credited with formalizing hand drawn Mind maps. In many ways, the developers of current information management software based on Mind mapping, wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for Buzan.
The evolution of synaptic thinking, a term coined by Patrick Baker, started with rudimentary hand drawn doodles, and just look where we are now. As of the date of this post, we have over 100 software products jostling for a piece of the sales pie associated with the information mapping arena.
Where are we heading is the question. It is rather difficult to say at this time, but IMO, we may have to see many software apps being victims of the chaos that precedes great leaps forward in innovation.
Whole brained or integrated thinking is becoming an essential requirement for the success of the information manager of this century. Most of the apps associated with Mind/Visual mapping to date have failed to grasp the need for flexibility and multiple modes of information and knowledge expression.
So you’re an information manager, and where do you want to go from here? Connect with me and let me know?