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Friday, September 17, 2004

OCLC report

From "OCLC Reports":

The newest OCLC report, 2004 Information Format Trends: Content, Not Containers, is now available as a download at the OCLC Web site.

The 2004 report picks up where the 2003 Five-Year Information Format Trends report left off...The 2004 report also builds on observations from the acclaimed Environmental Scan...

2004 Information Format Trends examines remarkable changes of the past 18 months, most significantly the "unbundling" of content from traditional containers (books, journals) and distribution methods (postal mail, resource sharing). In revisiting the idea of format evolution, we discovered that more and more, format of content matters less than the content itself.

The report lays out the top trends in content and what they may mean for libraries in the next five years:
  • Legitimacy of open-source publishing (e.g. blogs)
  • Rapidly expanding economics of microcontent
  • Repurposing of "old" content for new media
  • Multimedia content as a service for an array of portable devices

Visit http://www.oclc.org/info/2004trends/em/default.htm to download.


  • At 10:35 am, Blogger Alan said…

    Interesting that the discussion of benefits of blogs and collaborative publishing sidesteps a big issue - authority.

    There have been interesting articles recently around this topic in the particular context of wikipedia.

    The Register has published a provocative article with interesting responses.

    Slashdot also pulls some of the debate together and adds its own spin.

    Some of the blog material is also a little under critical. It is a repetition of the "everyone can be a publisher" line previously seen due to the ease of setting up a home page (some may remember the forms based systems from Moonfruit and others that made this a blog like process).

    That said - I am replying to a blog and found the other two articles via RSS so...


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