Infonomics and the Business of Free: Modern Value Creation for Information Services

Infonomics and the Business of Free: Modern Value Creation for Information Services

John J. Regazzi (Long Island University, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: August, 2013|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 198
ISBN13: 9781466644540|ISBN10: 1466644540|EISBN13: 9781466644557|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4454-0


The term infonomics has been coined to convey the underlying value of information in terms of its production, market demand, and economic impact. All consumers have come to assume that the information they seek is easily accessible, and more importantly, free of charge.

Infonomics and the Business of Free: Modern Value Creation for Information Services addresses the question of whether or not information has become a commodity and examines how infonomics and the “business of free” have changed the way companies must create and market their information to make it accessible and valuable for their customers. Information professionals who are responsible for creating valuable information and making services sustainable and accessible will greatly benefit from this book’s unique perspective and complete review of current research.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Libraries
  • Knowledge Management
  • Mobile Computing
  • Open Access
  • Open Source
  • Social Networking

Reviews and Testimonials

This book is for professionals who are tasked with creating valuable, sustainable services around information. It explains key principles of the field of infonomics, which describes the underlying value of information and related aspects such as how information is produced and priced, the market demand for it, how user behaviors affect it, and how information is changing as an economic good and service. After a history of infonomics and the information industry, Section 2 examines new distribution channels and their effects, looking at open source and open access, digital libraries, and social networking.Section 3 concentrates on the rise of apps and the new information order, with chapters on e-learning, the wireless revolution, and privacy. Regazzi is chairman of the advisory board of the US Department of Commerce's National Technical Information Service.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

John Regazzi has spent over 40 years in the in electronic information services and IT industries. Called a "pioneer" and "true innovator" of the information industry, he has designed, launched, and managed some of the most innovative and well-known information services in the professional communities including the Engineering Village, Science Direct, Scirus, Scopus, and many other electronic information services dating back to the early days of the online and CDROM industries. John spent most of his career with Reed Elsevier, and retired as CEO of Elsevier Inc. Prior to that he was CEO of Engineering Information Inc., a company he helped turnaround and which was acquired by Reed Elsevier. In 2005 John assumed the role of Dean of the College of Information and Computer Science of Long Island University (LIU), and recently stepped down from this post and now lectures and directs the Scholarly Communications and Information Innovation Lab at LIU.