Thursday, February 17, 2005

KFTF: Keeping Found Things Found Project Website

KFTF: Keeping Found Things Found Project Website

description from site: The classic problem of information retrieval, simply put, is to help people find the relatively small number of things they are looking for (books, articles, web pages, CDs, etc.) from a very large set of possibilities. This classic problem has been studied in many variations and has been addressed through a rich diversity of information retrieval tools and techniques.

A follow-on problem also exists which has received relatively less study: Once found, how are things organized for re-access and re-use later on? What can be done to avoid the need to repeat the process by which the information was found in the first place? (If, indeed, it is possible to repeat this process.) We refer to this as the problem of Keeping Found Things FoundTM or KFTF.


The effort to discover how people organize their information seems really important. I wonder what might change in theology libraries if we really understood this...