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Title The information resources policy handbook : research for the Information Age / edited by Benjamin M. Compaine, William H. Read.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [1999]


Physical description xxviii, 631 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Foreword: Into the Age of Information / William O. Baker -- Preface / Benjamin M. Compaine and William H. Read -- Introduction: Information Resources: Knowledge and Power in the 21st Century / Anthony G. Oettinger -- I. Ageless Issues. Evergreen: 1. Telling Ripe from Hype in Multimedia: The Ecstasy and the Agony / Anthony G. Oettinger. 2. Will Computer Communication End Geography? / Vincent Mosco -- II. New Age Technology. Evergreen: 3. A Convergence of Form and Function: Compunications Technologies / Anthony G. Oettinger. 4. Understanding Computers and Communications / Robert W. Lucky. 5. Understanding Digital / Anthony G. Oettinger. 6. Standards: The Rough Road to the Common Byte / Martin C. Libicki -- III. Information as a Resource. Evergreen: 7. Building Blocks and Bursting Bundles / Anthony G. Oettinger. 8. Publishing as a Creature of Technology / Jerome S. Rubin and Janet Wikler. 9. Communications - For Better or for Worse / Daniel Bell -- IV. The Information Business.
Evergreen: 10. Charting Change: The Harvard Information Business Map / Anthony G. Oettinger, John F. McLaughlin and Anne E. Birinyi. 11. Size, Growth, and Trends of the Information Industries, 1987-1996 / Derrick C. Huang. 12. Managing Information: Back to Basics / Benjamin M. Compaine and John F. McLaughlin. 13. Knowledge as a Strategic Business Resource / William H. Read. 14. New Competition and New Media / Benjamin M. Compaine -- V. Information Policy. Evergreen: 15. Information and Communications Policy Research - More Important, More Neglected / Eli M. Noam. 16. Policies for Freedom / Ithiel de Sola Pool. 17. Regulating Communications in the 21st Century: New Common Ground / Patricia Hirl Longstaff. 18. FCC Reform: Does Governing Require a New Standard? / William H. Read and Ronald Alan Weiner. 19. Cybercommunities and Cybercommerce: Can We Learn to Cope? / Anne Wells Branscomb. 20. Cyberrules: Problems and Prospects for On-Line Commerce / Debora Spar.
21. Political Gridlock on the Information Highway / W. Russell Neuman, Lee McKnight and Richard J. Solomon. 22. Information Resources in the 21st Century / Benjamin M. Compaine and William H. Read.
Summary To understand the Information Age one must understand the concept of information as a resource. Like other basic resources such as energy and materials, information resources are building blocks of society. But unlike energy and materials, they are far more abundant and versatile. Information resources includes computers, telecommunications, the mass media, and financial services, all created or changed by the movement from analog to digital. This collection looks at the factors underlying digital technologies as well as the resulting public and strategic policy issues.
In a rapidly evolving discipline, certain judgments are likely to change. To strike a balance between the more abstract concepts of enduring value and writings focused on current examples, each part of the book opens with a timeless "evergreen" chapter, followed by one or more "contemporary" chapters.
Other author Read, William H.
Compaine, Benjamin M.
Subject Information resources management -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
ISBN 0262032643 (hc : alk. paper)