Suffering from information overload is a frustrating and all-too-common condition today. If it isn’t hard enough to clear your overflowing email inbox, there’s the stress of staying on top of the blossoming number of journals and medical blogs in your field, papers uncovered through regular PubMed or Medline searches, not to mention the pressure of keeping up-to-date with the latest must-use social media tools. And yet, a small number of people seem to stay afloat while the vast majority of us are drowning in information. What’s their secret?
Every year, the Science Online conference in North Carolina brings together some of the most savvy digital natives in science and journalism. This provided a perfect opportunity for us to pose the question in the session Drowning in Information! How Can We Create Organization & Balance—Tools and Strategies for Managing Information Overload (Science and Otherwise) (http://scio12.wikispaces.com/D3S2d.+Drowning+in+Information). Below are some of the main themes and tips that emerged for managing the data deluge that hits you on a daily basis.