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  1. INFORMATION RESOURCES The Commodification of Information and the Marginalisation of Regional Cultures Frits Pannekoek, Ph.D. Director of Information Resources University of Calgary Alberta, Canada

  2. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Trends in Information • Increasing importance of digital information • Increasing gap between “haves” and “have- nots” • Commodification of Information • Rise of information monopolies • Dominance of the English Language

  3. INFORMATION RESOURCES • The Increasing Importance of Digital Information • e-journals and e-books • Pre-publication servers • Digitization of public domain materials • WEB based instruction • Decrease in knowledge stability

  4. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Commodification of Information • Increasing restriction of access though user-id • Rise in cost of information by several hundred per cent. • Move from Information “haves” to information “have-nots” • Decreasing attention to “niche market” knowledge

  5. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Internationalization of Knowledge • Fewer and fewer information providers • Fewer and fewer information systems • Dominance of English language in both • Consolidation of unique providers • Reinforced by tendency of academics to seek “validation” from international peers.

  6. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Consequences • “Marginalization of indigenous knowledge • “Anglicization” indigenous cultures • Concentration of “high” end information at a few “super” universities

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  10. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Solutions for Discussion • State Involvement? • Cultural stake holder involvement? • University involvement?

  11. INFORMATION RESOURCES • State Involvement • State or National licences • State support for national and indigenous cultural expression • Problems?

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  13. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Cultural Stake Holder Involvement • Understand the issues • Seize opportunities • Allow for dynamics • Continue and reinforce traditional communication strategies

  14. INFORMATION RESOURCES • University Involvement • Be the intellectual host to the regions cultures • Provide “information” stability • Provide access point to information for the “community”

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  16. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Discussion • What other dimensions of the issue need to be brought forward?

  17. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Discussion • What other dimensions of the issue need to be brought forward? • How real is the problem?

  18. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Discussion • What other dimensions of the issue need to be brought forward? • How real is the problem? • What should be the involvement of the state?

  19. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Discussion • What other dimensions of the issue need to be brought forward? • How real is the problem? • What should be the involvement of the state? • What should be the involvement of the universities?

  20. INFORMATION RESOURCES • Discussion • What other dimensions of the issue need to be brought forward? • How real is the problem? • What should be the involvement of the state? • What should be the involvement of the universities? • What should be the involvement of information aggregators?