Information 2.0

May 2012 | 160pp

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Information 2.0
New models of information production, distribution and consumption

Martin De Saulles

This is the essential textbook for students studying the information society.

Covering every aspect of the new digital information environment from iPads and e-books to the future of information and how it will be controlled, this landmark textbook provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge guide to what’s happening, why and how information professionals can have a pivotal role in this new landscape. 

Drawing on international case studies and current trends it explores the fundamental changes in the four core areas of information production, storage, distribution and consumption, grappling with cutting-edge issues such as: 
  • key information trends in the last 15 years such as mass broadband
  • the rise of grass roots information production in social media, open access publishing and the storage of information in the cloud
  • how informal, digital methods of information distribution like RSS and webcasting are threatening traditional stakeholders like libraries, publishers and newspapers
  • the reconfiguration of the relationships between software, hardware and content creation companies
  • the need for a new information literacy and the pivotal role of the information professional.  
Readership: Students taking courses in library and information science, publishing and communication studies, with particular relevance to core modules exploring the information society.  Academics and practitioners who need to get to grips with the new information environment.

1. Introduction
  • What is information? 
  • The foundations of the information society 
  • The internet as a driver of change
  • The big challenges of big data
  • What about the information providers?
  • New ways of creating information
  • Where do we put all this information?
  • Why information matters  
2. New models of information production
  • Introduction
  • Blogs and the challenge to publishers
  • Wikis and collaborative publishing
  • Search engines and what they know
  • Podcasting and the democratization of the media
  • The challenge of big data
  • Concluding comments
  • Questions to think about  
3. New models of information storage
  • Introduction
  • Preserving the internet
  • How organizations store information
  • Legal requirements
  • Data mining
  • Collection digitization
  • Keeping it all safe
  • Storage at the personal level
  • Putting it in the cloud
  • Our digital footprints
  • The future of storage
  • Concluding comments
  • Questions to think about  
4. New models of information distribution
  • Introduction
  • The architecture of the internet
  • Distribution and disintermediation
  • The new intermediaries
  • Online video – we’re all celebrities now
  • Open government and the internet
  • Threats to the open web
  • Concluding comments
  • Questions to think about  
5. New models of information consumption
  • Introduction
  • Information consumption devices
  • Looking beyond the artefact
  • Information ecosystems: gilded cages or innovation hotbeds?
  • Returning to an open web
  • Rent or buy?
  • Making sense of it all
  • Implications for information professionals
  • Concluding comments
  • Questions to think about  
6. Conclusion
  • Introduction
  • Implications for information professionals
  • Implications for publishers
  • Implications for society
  • Concluding comments

"...an impressive book: the author’s intention is admirable and he fulfils it successfully. Information 2.0 is a professional in every way – professionally written, professionally published, and well suited to a professional readership."
- Monographer's Blog

"This textbook for students undertaking library and information management courses gives a good introduction to the current situation of web 2.0 and the impact it has on our profession."
- Managing Information

"Overall, this book provides a succinct overview of the last 20 years of technological development and would be a suitable read for information science students or young professionals. It explores how the landscape has changed, what the driving factors are, and how this transformation has influenced information providers, creators and users."
- Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

Dr Martin De Saulles is Head of the Division of Information Management and principal lecturer at the University of Brighton. He has worked in the information and technology sectors for 20 years as a researcher, analyst, entrepreneur, writer and academic