ERIC Number: ED054834
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
A Community Information Network.
Consumers' Association of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
The possibility of creating in Canada a non-profit community information network (a set of linked data banks containing information for use by the general public) should be explored. A network to link together a set of data banks containing information for general public use would have the following merits: (1) By its effect on household decision-making, it would make possible a very great improvement in the efficiency of resource allocation. (2) A non-profit system would help to compensate for the deficiencies of the free market in providing adequate information to consumers. (3) Unlike all other proposals for the creation of data banks, its social and economic benefits are made available directly, and would not have to rely upon a process of "trickle down" before they could be realized. (4) Its benefits would be widely distributed among different age groups, different income groups, different regions and different cultures. (5) It could be built upon a number of component parts already existing in the public sector and in the voluntary non-profit field. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Consumers' Association of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
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