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A Letter from the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition

By IGI Global on Feb 7, 2017
Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition Throughout the past few decades, innovations within the discipline of information science and technology have far exceeded the expectations of many experts, creating a tremendous need for a much better understanding of all the various applications, opportunities, and challenges surrounding modern technologies. Influencing every facet of business, society, and life worldwide, with speed beyond imagination, the advancing state of information science and technology research has without a doubt brought upon a revolution in the way the human population interacts, does business, and governs. When observing the leaps and bounds experienced in information sharing and communication exchange over the last few decades, a truly admirable phenomenon presents itself and clearly demonstrates that the results of this pivotal rising will monumentally impact the way the world thinks, subsists, and evolves.

Researchers from all over the world have contributed significantly to the body of knowledge in this area; creating much stronger and richer literature in the field. More than 15 years ago, I was challenged with editing a comprehensive encyclopedia focused on information science and technology research. With the assistance of thousands of experts from around the world, it took me roughly five years to put the first edition of this publication together. By 2005, the five-volume Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, First Edition was released by IGI Global and was well-received by the academic community; thus confirming the need for such a publication. Due to its strong reception, it was very clear to me that such a publication in this rapidly changing area of study needed to be updated on a continuous basis. As the result, as the promotional phase for the first edition was in process, the development of the second edition quickly began. By 2008, the eight-volume Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition, was released.

Shortly after, the third edition brainstorming commenced. Based on the level of growth from the first edition to the second, I was certain that the third edition would likely be the largest yet. At an astounding ten volumes, I was right. I carefully pondered different methods for organizing the articles and after several months of deliberating back and forth with the encyclopedia’s esteemed advisory board and taking into consideration the feedback from various academic libraries and research institutions, I decided that a restructuring of the content was necessary. With more than 750 new (previously unpublished) articles falling in more than 100 different content categories, it was undeniable that some changes would need to be made to make this edition more user-friendly. As such, in 2012 the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition introduced two different tables of contents; one arranged A to Z and the other arranged alphabetically by category, ensuring that its readership could find the articles most relevant to them as expeditiously as possible. Additionally, I introduced a user guide, explaining the arrangement of articles and how to navigate across the ten-volume set.

Now, after four years of hard work, with the assistance of thousands of scholars from all over the world, I am pleased to announce the release of the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition, which will again be comprised of ten volumes of 100% new (previously unpublished) content and is scheduled for release in July 2017.

Over the past 15 years, each edition has become a major source of knowledge in both academic and corporate libraries, benefitting students, faculty, professionals, practitioners, scholars, independent researchers and consultants, who are all eager to learn about the latest research and discoveries in their respective fields. I hope that this edition of the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology will stay instrumental in the expansion of the discipline and will add much needed value as a major reference source in any academic community.

Dr. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A.
Editor-in-Chief
Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition (Ten-Volume Set)
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