atw: Re: Article: Writers needed more than ever

All,

In the course of working on a book project relating to the evolution and gr=
owth of human knowledge, I have spent a lot of time on the Berkeley 'how mu=
ch info' site. One very interesting point the authors made was that text fo=
rms only a tiny fraction of the total information stored - but that it is p=
robably the most important and influential because of its high degree of di=
stillation and semantically important content.

Bill Hall

Documentation Systems Analyst
Head Office, Engineering
Tenix Defense
Williamstown, Vic. 3016
Phone: 03 9244 4820
Email:bill.hall@xxxxxxxxx
URL: http://www.tenix.com

Honorary Research Fellow
Knowledge Management Lab
School of Information Management & Systems
Monash University
Caulfield East, Vic. 3145
Phone: 03 9903 1883
Email: william.hall@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
URL: http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/research/km/
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| -----Original Message-----
| From: Craig Hadden [mailto:CraigH@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
| Sent: Tuesday, 16 December 2003 9:48 AM
| To: 'austechwriter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
| Subject: atw: Article: Writers needed more than ever
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| A colleague sent me a link to an interesting short article=20
| about the volume
| of information that people produce worldwide. Among other=20
| juicy statistics,
| it says:
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| "Print, film, magnetic, and optical storage media produced=20
| about 5 exabytes
| of new information in 2002..."
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| "5 exabytes ...is the equivalent of all the words ever spoken by human
| beings."
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| To me, the bottom line is that this is good news for=20
| technical writers. It's
| a reminder of how much information is out there waiting to be=20
| tamed. And the
| trend is an increasing amount of information each year.=20
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| The real challenge is to cut the crap from the information,=20
| and present the
| remainder succinctly and meaningfully. In other words, in the=20
| longer term,
| the essential skills of professional writers will be needed=20
| more than ever
| before.=20
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| The article is at:
| http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/datbus/article.php/3102011
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| The report on which the article is based is at:
| http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/research/projects/how-much-info-2003/
| <http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/research/projects/how-much-info-2003/>=20
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| Regards,
| Craig
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