Episode 9 of our group podcast Digital Campus is now available. In this episode Dan, Tom, and I discuss information overload for humanists. How will we manage to sort through the incredible abundance of historical information being placed online? It was hard enough when the researcher had to look at as many sources as possible in several archives. But soon (a relative concept for an historian) we’ll be able to look at every source in every archive! The old cliché used to be that research in the modern era would be akin to trying to get a drink from a fire hydrant. Now it’s starting to look like Niagara Falls instead. For more on some possible solutions, see the very interesting recent posts from Bill Turkel on searching with compression.
In addition to our discussion of information overload, we also come clean on why we don’t (yet in Dan’s case) own an iPhone. So, download the podcast and add it to your own personal queue of too much information.