Information Economy and Geospatial Information

Information Economy and Geospatial Information

John Abresch (University of South Florida Libraries, USA), Peter J. Reehling (University of South Florida Libraries, USA) and Ardis Hanson (University of South Florida Libraries, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-726-3.ch002
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Abstract

The recent socioeconomic trends, convergence of telecommunication technologies and the emergence of information as an integral component of the contemporary economy, have had significant effects on individuals and on wider social groups in the population. The current information node infrastructure of the telecommunications industry, which has facilitated that convergence of the telecommunications technology, is comprised of a variety of links. These links include data clearinghouses, data providers, and data warehouses, which themselves combine to form complex information networks as well as individual links, or single participants. All of these links affect how information flows across the network. Libraries, as participants in the information network infrastructure, are well suited to affect the nature of data processes in the current information economy.

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