Overwhelmed? Join The Information Overload Group

MANDALAY, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 22:  Burmese monks work on computers reading Buddhist websites at a local internet cafe February 22, 2007 in Mandalay, Myanmar. The internet is strictly controlled by the government banning all free email services such as Yahoo, Hotmail and AOL. With economic sanctions crippling the economy its people are eager for change and a better life. According to government experts who are working on a seven step road map to democracy, within the next few months the Draft Constitution will be finalized which will hopefully bring a Referendum for Constitution by the end of the year. After that a democratic election will be held in 2008.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

I’m not kidding, you can’t make this stuff up. There really is a group called:

“Information Overload Research Group – reducing information pollution”.

The mission:

We work together to build awareness of the world’s greatest challenge to productivity, conduct research, help define best practices, contribute to the creation of solutions, share information and resources, offer guidance and facilitation, and help make the business case for fighting information overload.

They even have conferences and events:

With our inaugural conference over, the IORG steering team (after catching its breath…) is now working to define future activities for our new organization.

But wait, there’s more, including feature articles and papers:

TaskTracer Part 1: Software to reduce the cost of interruptions
Jon Herlocker describes the theory and application that led to the TaskTracer tool.

I suppose there is plenty of pain to warrant such an industry working group. Though I’m not sure this group is a viable answer to the problem. Learn more here.

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Published by Max Kalehoff

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