Edward B. Jakobovits is president of SciWeb Inc. (http://www.sciweb.com), an Internet-based information and communication service for life science professionals located in Menlo Park, Calif.
Information is pouring out electronic pipes. More data, reports, documents, and charts than at any time in history are being created and broadcast electronically to the farthest reaches of the planet at lightning speed. With so much data to access, scientists face an age-old challenge-locating useful information.

In corporate settings, management sets policy on who gets to see what, and librarians and information systems personnel see to it that the right people do. They filter content and construct infrastructure that lets digital bits move about their business. On the World Wide Web, however, there is no authority to decide who sees what and no one to create an interconnected information structure that ties data together in a sensible way. The Internet was, in fact,...

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