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Max H. Boisot, Ian C. MacMillan, and Kyeong Seok Han

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250875.001.0001

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Data, Information, and Knowledge: Have We Got It Right?

Data, Information, and Knowledge: Have We Got It Right?

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(p.15) 1 Data, Information, and Knowledge: Have We Got It Right?
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Explorations in Information Space
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Max H. Boisot (Contributor Webpage)

Ian C. MacMillan (Contributor Webpage)

Kyeong Seok Han

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250875.003.0002

Economists make the unarticulated assumption that information is something that stands apart from and is independent of the processor of information and its internal characteristics. This book argues that they need to revisit the distinctions they have drawn between data, information, and knowledge. Some associate information with data and others associate information with knowledge. But since none of them readily conflates data with knowledge, this suggests too loose a conceptualization of the term ‘information’. This book argues that the difference between data, information, and knowledge is in fact crucial. Information theory and the physics of information provide us with useful insights with which to build an economics of information appropriate to the needs of the emerging information economy.

Keywords:   economics of information, information theory, physics of information, information economy

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