#Module6 #EID100: Centralized information

Centralizing information from different sources using an RSS feed system is an effective way for building knowledge because all the information is accessible at a single point. Examples of such software include Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Feedly, Podcasts, and NetVibes.

Feedly is a website that allows the user to follow online article publishers of their choosing, and aggregate their newest articles on a single webpage. A user interested in the field of biotechnology, for example, can search the keyword “biotech” and a list of publishers and their respective newest articles would be shown in the results page, as shown below:

Results obtained using Feedly (https://feedly.com/i/spotlight/biotech)
Results obtained using Feedly (https://feedly.com/i/spotlight/biotech)

The user can then click on any of the links to read the original article, or click on the green “+” sign to add the publisher to his own list of publishers to follow and receive updated articles from.

In the screenshot below, the list of publishers chosen by the user can be seen on the left panel. On the main page, the list of articles published by these sources are shown, each with its title and brief excerpt of the introduction.

Results obtained using Feedly (https://feedly.com/i/category/Biotech)

From this long list of articles, the user can further filter out articles of disinterest simply by scrolling through and reading the titles. For example, a recent university graduate in the biology program looking for employment in the biotechnology sector can read the article titled “Lexington drug manufacturer undergoing $25 million expansion at Coldstream” (Martin, 2016) and learn about their job opportunities. An ecologist or zoologist engaged in research can read the article titled “Species speed up adaptation to beat effects of warmer oceans” (University of East Angli, 2016) and utilize the findings as the basis of their research about the future consequences of global warming. Aggregating sources of information can be beneficial for scientists especially, because all research is a process of building onto what has already been discovered. An easily accessible information source provides up to date findings that can be used to achieve new discoveries.

Knowledge is a fundamental requirement for quality innovation. Having an efficient information managing system such as Feedly can speed up the rate of learning and therefore the quality of innovations.

Citations:

Martin, T. (2016, October 30). Lexington drug manufacturer undergoing $25 million expansion at Coldstream. Retrieved October 31, 2016, from http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article111465382.html

University of East Anglia. “Species speed up adaptation to beat effects of warmer oceans.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 October 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161025201622.htm>

@. (n.d.). Feedly: Organize, read and share what matters to you. Retrieved October 31, 2016, from http://feedly.com/

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