How not to be overwhelmed by data

When dealing with vast amounts of data, how to prioritize it? Lois Beckett reports this approach, from John O’Neil, curator of the New York Times’ topic pages:

The most pressing criterion for what gets updated first, O’Neil said, is whether “we would feel stupid not having it there.”

Guess that’s as good a standard as any ;–)

Beckett, Lois (23 Feb. 2011). The context-based news cycle: editor John O’Neil on the future of The New York Times’ Topics Pages, Neiman Journalism Lab, Harvard.