Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Serendipity to the rescue

One of 6,600+ people who come to GDRC's website every day, an online visitor is confronted with 15 programmes and approximately 130 sub-themes, 7,900 files, 42,000 links, and more ... talk about information overload!

But for GDRC, this volume of information simply represents the varied and interlinked research interests of its Virtual Fellows and Institutional Partners. However, keeping it updated, current and interesting is a never-ending and uphill task.

For the casual visitor, information packaging is all the more important. GDRC looses out a bit here, due to (1) lack of a strong search mechanism (besides the all-encompassing Google Search);and (2) lack of 'wrappers' or overviews/summaries that help contextualize and interlink info together.

Mmm ... more work to do, but so much more for Serendipity. And for the a-ha! to happen.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

More than just imprints ...

Here's a serendipitous tag for you - footprints. Not the footprints-in-the-sand variety, but the imprint you leave on the planet as a result of resources consumed and wastes generated. The ecological overshoot that our lifestyles are generating is cause for much concern, and in fact the real starting point for sustainability action.

Forget global warning or CO2 emissions. To reduce our footprints, what information would you need? What decisions would you have to take? How can everyone be involved - rich and poor? What solutions - technology and skills - are out there? What can businesses and consumers do?

Read more about footprints at: http://www.gdrc.org/uem/footprints/index.html