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Putting Paid to Information Management. (Letters to the Editor)

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Putting Paid to Information Management. (Letters to the Editor)

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To the Editor:

With interest I have read your "Homepage" of the July/August 2002 issue of ONLINE.

Coming more from the computer science side of the arena, I absolutely share your opinion that the skills of information management professionals like librarians are pivotal for the success of what has become the responsibility of the CIO in many companies. The enormous growth of electronically prepared corporate information has turned information management into a corporate information jungle.

Over the last 3 years, I have seen some approaches that try to overcome some core deficits. Most of them try to provide access to disparate information sources, some structuring by means of manual, semi-automated, or automatic generation of taxonomies. Real-world corporate requirements like the ability to consider aspects of homonyms, synonyms, or relevant multi-lingual information sources still need to be addressed in a meaningful way.

Even more, consultants like me frequently experience the fact that departments responsible for the management of information suffer from extreme pressure for cost reduction (or at least not expansion). This puts the brakes on many improvements--especially in areas where information quality is concerned, even though it is so pivotal for managing to leverage the business potential of existing information. …

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