A tool that economists
will use more of as time goes on is that of knowledge management.
After all much of economics depends on the value of information.
A starting point for economists using the web as a research tool
is the use of knowledge management tools across the web.
our favourite is elfsoft.,
in particular their infojukebox.
This tool allows you to use Natural Language queries searching across
the web. This is different from other meta search engines and aggregator
search engines that use multiple web sites as it searches the context
of your web inquiry rather than just matching phrases. The tools
on the elfsoft site also allow you to save your favourite searches
and email results.
Another tool on
the site is that you can download software that allows you to ask
structured queries of your own local statistical databases. Asking
a query such as "Show me the countries where wages increased
at a faster rate than house prices" is far easier than having
to manipulate the data each time you want to compare a relationship
(although most of us will still choose to do it the hard way anyway).
We are trying to
understand how economists can use these type of tools in the future
so if you have any comments please add them to our debate