I'm teaching a webinar on the basics of sensemaking later today. (Sorry. I just realized that you readers might be interested in this too!)
title: Sensemaking: The next level of search skills
abstract: Sensemaking is what you do when you collect, organize and restructure information to come to some deeper understanding. In essence, it's the process we follow when we research complex historical topics... or when we're buying a refrigerator. I'll talk about ways that people do sensemaking, some best practices and how you can improve your sensemaking behavior.
date/time: Tuesday, June 21 (1:00pm PST) to register: http://goo.gl/cMWRX
The presentation will be archived within a few days after it goes live at this link: https://sites.google.com/site/gwebsearcheducation/webinars
Note-to-self: Because there are a wide variety of people signed up for this webinar, I'm really not sure at what level to pitch it. There are elementary school teachers signed-up and research managers from DARPA. Uh oh. That's a big dynamic range to try and teach in one class. Remember for next time--describe the level of the class more accurately!
I'm going to try and make it both a graduate level seminar AND a practical guide to sensemaking. If you attend and have any comments, please let me know. I'd love to hear your feedback.