ERIC Number: ED238435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Information As a Resource. Occasional Paper no. 2.
This paper examines the characteristics of information as a resource and the implications of so regarding information. Information is defined as the sum total of all facts and ideas available to be known by somebody at a given moment in time, while knowledge results from selecting and organizing facts and ideas into what will be useful to somebody. Wisdom is integrated knowledge which crosses disciplinary barriers to weave into an integrated whole something that becomes more than the sum of its parts. The "informatisation" of society can be seen in the growth of information jobs both nationally and internationally. Information is coming to be regarded as a resource. As such, it has the following characteristics: it is expandable; compressible; substitutable (able to replace capital, labor, or physical materials); transportable; diffusive (tends to leak); and shareable. The information resource is different in kind from other resources. Treating information as a resource has enormous implications for human life; it raises questions in political economy, economics, law, accounting, and education. The information revolution will also cause a reorganization of power and authority, with more openness as a technological imperative in a democracy. (ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Global Perspectives in Education, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: Information Management; Information Resources Management; Information Sector
Note: From Harlan Cleveland, "Information as a Resource," The Futurist, volume 16, number 6, December 1982.