Walking home tonight I was imagining how different my life would be if I had my own information ("info") agent. How would I describe the job to a potential applicant for a start? I guess the easiest thing it to compare it to a diary secretary - but instead of filling in the diary before-hand my info-agent would fill it in for me afterwards.
More like Samuel Pepys diary - but with tags and suchlike
Thanks to my info-agent I'd have the kind of journal that Samuel Pepys had as his diary - but I wouldn't have to write it for myself.
My journal would tell me where I'd been, what I'd done, who I'd met, what I'd learned, any "Aha! moments I'd had," what I'd like to follow up on, all that kind of thing.
Of course, unlike Pepys' diary mine would be online, and it wouldn't be a secret personal diary, most of it would be available to anyone who wanted to dip into it. Some of it would be private - just between me and the info-agent. Probably some things would just be temporarily private - things like ideas that would just cause confusion if they were shared early on in their half- formed state.
My info agent would be someone who could listen, and understand and, then communicate - in words or diagrams or a mixture of both. Her/his task would be to harvest and express coherently all the relevant stuff from my completely unstructured accounts of what I'd been doing and thinking. It would be a bit like Nikki used to do in her weekly blogs about Fantusam Foundation after the Dadamac UK-Ngeria meetings.