savvylearners.com is a planned website under construction designed to be a network of learners that exchange
information about superior learning resources. Thousands
of courses and learning tools are offered online and offline, yet there are few guide
posts to course quality. We are looking for the cream of the crop and the
hard to find. The idea is make a fence of guide posts to course and
training resource excellence rather
than to critique bad educational material. Topics are selected by visitors to the
savvylearners.com site, and resources are
provided if identified by visitors who have had experience with the sought
after resources. When no feedback is available from actual users, training
resource providers are solicited
Although the primary mission of savvylearners.com is to be an information
provider for training and learning resources, the authors and editors of that site are well aware that "information"
in the so-called Information Age (there's a lot of noise out there) is a word
whose definition rests on a slippery slope. It is a word whose
meaning is influenced by the eyes of the beholder. No only do we have
information anxiety, we also have information complexity.
turns out that much of what is passed off as information doesn't inform
and, in fact, is really unorganized data that may have little or no value
in itself. Sometime data or information is merely ordered, which may or
may not be sufficient to make it useable. A dictionary is
an ordered list of definitions. You can't do much more with it than look
up words if you already have some idea of how they are spelled.
Many folks make a living just out of ordering and organizing data into a
meaningful context that hopefully transforms it into accessible, useful
information comes in
packages." Edward De Bono uses the phrase "comes wrapped in
concepts and perceptions." A good example of this was the CIA's
inability to assess the condition of the Soviet Union just before it
collapsed. There was plenty of information, but it was wrapped with
preconceived CIA notions that obscured the reality.
Peter Schwartz believes that "Information is always contaminated by
people's beliefs and is never really complete." Actually information
can also be enhanced by a creative imagination. For example, the Czech
composer, Janacek, could take a simple melody from a country village party
transform it into a composition of high art.
scientist Jack Vallee writes that "All you can ever store in a
computer is DATA, and the relationship between data and information is a
fundamental mystery." He goes on to say that scientists have yet to
describe that relationship because it is too complicated for current
Vallee believes that data become information only when "someone asks
a question about it." There's the rub. Who knows what questions will
be asked? How many times have you read expository
material on a subject of interest that didn't address some weighty
questions you have had?
The Peninsula & Silicon Valley Guide: An Insider's Reference for
Newcomers, Visitors, & Residence put out by Good Life Publications
is filled with good facts and information about transportation,
restaurants, hotels, sights, etc. It is, in fact, an excellent guide. The
cover has a picture of a street
sign with the word 'semiconductor' on it, yet there is not a clue there
about the semiconductor and other technological infrastructure that
supports Silicon Valley.
Of course, that was not what was intended, but would not some
information about the principal players and their locations in the valley
have added some juice and spice to the publication? Note: You can
order the Guide in our Book
Thus, savvylearners.com will be built up from queries
from site visitors and data will hopefully be transformed into
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