Cogent Communication: Overcoming Reading Overload

By Charles L. Bernier; A. Neil Yerkey | Go to book overview
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Organization of Surrogates

The organization of some surrogates is no longer optimum. This has come about principally because of the large number being published and from the failure to subdivide the publications properly. Related surrogates are scattered in and among categories. There are too many irrelevant surrogates in groups of them. The publication of quality indexes is delayed, and the examination of many issue indexes is slow and tedious; better organization is possible. Putting a given surrogate into only one category is unsatisfactory because many of them correctly fall into several categories. For example, a work on the analysis of dyes can accurately be placed in a section of surrogates on analytical chemistry and also in a section on dyes. If the number of categories is increased in order to improve the relevance of the surrogates in one category, then scattering among categories is increased. Also, the problem of correct categorization by the relevance revealed by later research and after the publication of the collection of surrogates has not been solved. Ideally, if every surrogate were indexed on-line at the moment it was produced and if each one were categorized into all applicable categories at that time, then reading load would be reduced considerably. The price of such a system would be considerably greater than that of current surrogate publications. However, the value to organizations and to civilization might exceed the price by at least two orders of magnitude.


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