From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure
Access to Information in the Networked World
By (author) Christine L. Borgman
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From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure by Christine L. Borgman
Book DescriptionWill the emerging global information infrastructure (GII) create a revolution in communication equivalent to that wrought by Gutenberg, or will the result be simply the evolutionary adaptation of existing behavior and institutions to new media? Will the GII improve access to information for all? Will it replace libraries and publishers? How can computers and information systems be made easier to use? What are the trade-offs between tailoring information systems to user communities and standardizing them to interconnect with systems designed for other communities, cultures, and languages?This book takes a close look at these and other questions of technology, behavior, and policy surrounding the GII. Topics covered include the design and use of digital libraries; behavioral and institutional aspects of electronic publishing; the evolving role of libraries; the life cycle of creating, using, and seeking information; and the adoption and adaptation of information technologies. The book takes a human-centered perspective, focusing on how well the GII fits into the daily lives of the people it is supposed to benefit.Taking a unique holistic approach to information access, the book draws on research and practice in computer science, communications, library and information science, information policy, business, economics, law, political science, sociology, history, education, and archival and museum studies. It explores both domestic and international issues. The author's own empirical research is complemented by extensive literature reviews and analyses.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262523455
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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An exploration of the technical, social, legal, and economic aspects of the scholarly infrastructure needed to support research activities in all fields in the twenty-first century.
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Author Biography - Christine L. Borgman
Carson Strong, Ph.D., is a Professor of Bioethics at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He is the author ofEthics in Reproductive and Perinatal Medicine: A New Framework (YaleUniversity Press, 1997) and coauthor of A Casebook of Medical Ethics (Oxford University Press, 1989).
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