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Symposium 2012

Solution for Optimizing Information Use through the Internet and Social Media

The Challenge

Unprecedented recent progress in information and communication technologies (ICTs) is enabling people and organizations to overcome personal and regional restrictions on information acquisition. The I ...

Unprecedented recent progress in information and communication technologies (ICTs) is enabling people and organizations to overcome personal and regional restrictions on information acquisition. The Internet and social media are particularly important for facilitating access to an unparalleled wealth of information, as well as providing opportunities for new innovative activities and social interactions.

Enhance people's "information competence" through all the standard education and training channels and enable them to apply the "inherent structure" of information for knowledge discovery through courses and Internet-based learning platforms.

In the era of rapid change in ICTs, people need to be able not only to keep improving their "media competence" (how to use advanced technological equipment) but also to keep enhancing their "information competence" (how to gather relevant information for dealing with personal and professional challenges).

Courses may be provided at schools, universities or online through Internet-based learning platforms that help Internet users enhance their information competence. This will help them to filter information effectively for their needs out of the vast amount of information distributed through the Internet and online fora every day.

Internet users need to be able to use not only the context and content of information but also its inherent structure to increase their efficiency in discovering and linking relevant knowledge for use. At present in the digital world, the majority of information is unstructured, which makes it difficult for Internet users to identify the inherent relations within and between different pieces of information. This hinders them from more effective use of information for solving problems.

Although Internet users may rely on search engines to obtain information, the search results depend strongly on the algorithms designed by the search providers. The relations within and between the information found are often unclear for Internet users. They need to be trained and encouraged to apply new techniques to search for and link up information based on their own requirements.

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