I very long had a focus on personal information skills. And the… in this,… you know… have this little, I suppose… and from a personal perspective, there are two things. There is the technology that enables to deal with information more effectively to add value to that and to make that useful, the other is the cognitive skills that we have.
And you know these are clearly inter-matched, as we get more technology and as we get more information coming in more formats, more channels and more tools to be able to support that, what changes is the cognition, you know, cognitive skills that we need to be able to process that more effectively. And I think there are individual styles and be able to information styles, which suggest that they will be using different arrays of technologies and tools to be able to access that.
I think there certainly isn’t a single best set of tools or a single best approach to using information. We absolutely must focus on developing personal information skills as in cognitive skills. And helping people to find their own set of technologies that is useful for them and how they work. For example some — some people thrive on 3-D visualization, other people simply don’t grasp that. And so we can’t say that people should or shouldn’t use those tools.
We need to be able to help them to be able to find the sets of tools that are most useful for them. And so we have technologies, we have information. Some people may prefer very sparse information to post-filter, others very rich ones, together we can, I suppose, find our personal skills which are: how do we use the technologies we have, and how do we process that cognitively.