Aug 16, 2010

semantics to pragmatics

Olsen et al (1998). Full Text Searching and Information Overload. The International Information & Library Review, vol. 30(2), pp. 105-122:
"While the tools for writing, storing, disseminating and retrieving documents have undergone a revolution in the last few decades, reading is still a very slow process. For practical reasons, we are forced to determine a working set size, i.e., the number of documents that we can handle."
(...) 
"By combining metadata and subject terms in a vector-based information space, visualization may give us the opportunity to handle larger document collections and to help the user to find the documents that are most likely to satisfy an information need defined on a pragmatic level."

Aug 11, 2010

faraway nearness

Kenneth J. Gergen (2000). Technology, Self and the Moral Project. in Identity and Social Change, p.146:
"Two virtual places may be "separated" by only a keystroke, but their inhabitants will never meet."

Aug 6, 2010

work transitions

"One of the barriers to making sense of current workplace* trends is simply coming to terms with the terminology." (WORKS site, 2008)

The transformation of work in a global knowledge economy: towards a conceptual framework is the .pdf edited version of the need for "a glossary of key terms and concepts", made collaboratively in an European project, WORKS - Changes in Work.
"In the transitional labour market perspective, it is argued that there is a new labour market in which, ‘individuals are more and more confronted with so-called transitions-shifts from work to care, to other work, to education, that might occur sequentially, but also simultaneously’ (Schmid, 2000; see also Bannick, Trommel & Hoogenboom, 2005)." (p.34)
[Note to self]: see Gunther Schmid (2005), Transitional labour markets: a new European employment strategy, pointing out the "four main pathways between standard employment and other statuses. These are: the education-to-work transition; the transition between unemployment and work; the transition between unpaid work and paid work; and the transition to retirement." that are explained in another background paper by Ziguras, Stephen; Considine, Mark; Hancock, Linda; Howe, Brian (2004), From risk to opportunity: labour markets in transition: background paper.


* My stroke in the original word workplace to stress that this problem concerns many other trends.