Information Overload and Underload
AbstractInformation underload occurs when we donÃ¢â¬â¢t have access to the information we need (for a variety of reasons, including cost) Ã¢â¬âresearchers based at smaller institutions and in the global periphery, policymakers, and the general public, particularly with regard to medical research. Overload occurs when we can access everything but are simply overwhelmed by the torrent of information available (not all of which is equally valuable). Are these issues two sides of the same coin? In both cases, how can we work together to figure out how to get people the information they need? Can we? How widespread are these issues? What are the economic and research consequences of information underload and overload?