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Overview

Information is a valuable resource. Its control and exploitation are important concerns for governments, private companies, public authorities, and the general public. Tamara Eisenschitz presents a much-needed overview, locating information in its social context and analysing information in its various forms - technical, economic, political and personal. This in turn she relates to the media of transmission, which can have a powerful influence on information itself. A substantive section on information issues and their current trends covers, for example, commercial exploitation of information, political and personal information, culture and entertainment, quality of provision, education as a means of raising information awareness, trends in use and their costs. The book ends with some proposal for the future, including a call for the library and information profession to adopt a strategy on information transfer issues. The content is informed by UK law but, throughout, comparisons are made with other EEC countries and the USA, which demonstrate the international context and application of policies. This will be an essential study and teaching textbook for courses on information science and technology.
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Eisenschitz (information science, City U., London) places information in its social context; analyzes its various forms, such as technical, economic, political, and personal; and relates each to the various media of its transmission. She also looks at the commercial exploitation of information, its entertainment value, costs, and other issues; and proposes steps for a policy on information transfer policy by the library and information profession. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780853658290
  • Publisher: Facet Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Sect. A The nature of society 3
A1 Social frameworks and structures 3
A2 The nature of information 9
A3 Channels of communication 21
Sect. B Information policies 34
B1 Commercial competition 37
B2 Political information 78
B3 Personal information 83
B4 The media 90
B5 Education 95
B6 Quality 97
Sect. C Trends 104
C1 Electronics 104
C2 Digitization 107
C3 Entertainment 110
C4 Fragmentation 113
C5 Value for money 114
C6 Internationalization 116
C7 Individual rights 118
C8 Profiles 119
C9 Systems 120
C10 Evolution: public to private 120
C11 Computer crime 122
Sect. D Issues 126
D1 What is information?; Uneconomic information; An extended property model; Enforcement 126
D2 Equality of access 135
D3 Internationalization 146
D4 Personal rights; Autonomy; Freedom of information; Culture and learning 150
D5 Professionalism 159
Sect. E Conclusions 163
E1 The politicization of access to information 163
E2 The pivotal role of information scientists 164
E3 Professional identity 164
References 165
Legislation 171
Index 173
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