Green Information

Green datacenters, green hardware, green systems software, green application software. Believe it or not: it really all starts with … green information! Unfortunately green information didn’t manage to get the attention it so much deserves – yet.

Living in a modern and full-blown information society – cooperating and collaborating with many others; civilians, businesses as well as governmental institutions – compels us to find and understand information right the first time and to decide and act on it swiftly and confidently.

Sad to say that the information we all too often get, confuses us most of the time and therefore requires us to ask for more, for extra information. We often need to search too long for the clearness-in-meaning of the information we need. Therefore it is a good idea to (further) en-green our information.

When we manage to increase the effectiveness of the resolution of our information requests, we decrease (systems) software activity, we also decrease hardware activity and as an obvious consequence we significantly reduce energy consumption.

The good news is that we, in fact, are able to en-green our information! When we organise our information systematically (instead of problematically) and when we collect that systematically organised information in single authentic registers (instead of duplicating it towards endless inconsistencies) … we substantially increase the effectiveness of the resolution of our pointed information needs.

Green information:
– prevents unrestrained duplication of information
– prevents annoying information inconsistencies
– greatly enhances quality of information
– significantly disambiguates the meaning of information
– really offers reuse of information – in multitudes of combinations
– improves adaptability to change
– reduces time-to-market of software products
– impressively cuts costs: e.g. energy, management and floor space.

Just wondering: why doesn’t the preservation/en-greening of information get the (management) attention it deserves? There is quite a lot to gain here. Don’t you think?

December 2012, Copyright (c) 2012 – Jan van Til/Information Roundabout

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