Information overload is a term which can be found in history before the digital or information age even started.
Usually it means that you have difficulties to make a decision because of too much information.
The amount of available information and the rate in which it is created increased and the way people communicate changed. Within an intranet scenario information can be stored at:
- File shares,
- Local hard disks,
- Personal folders,
- Different applications,
- E-Mails or
- In the head of a person you don’t know.
People may have problems to make decisions because they have too much information.
They may also have problems because they can’t find the information they need.
You can imagine that storage is one of the problems: Files are stored in different folders or sub folders without Meta information or with strange file names.
Information may not be retrieved since people just don’t know that certain information exists.
The access to information can be problematic because of remote or mobile access or due to granular security.
So how should I make a decision if I can’t find or use the information I need? Even if I find all the information how should I make a decision in time if it takes me hours or days to search and rate them?
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