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Two new publications in the book series „Knowledge and Information“(De Gruyter Saur):

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Subject: [Asis-l] Two new publications in the book series „Knowledge and Information“(De Gruyter Saur): “Information Markets” and “Social Semantic Web”

Knowledge and Information” (K&I) is a peer-reviewed information science book series appearing as a print and as an ebook version, publishing high quality research monographs and topic-specific collections of papers as well. It covers information science to the full extent and alludes additionally to neighboring sciences such as computer science, computational linguistics, (information) business administration, and library science. The language of publication is English.

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 Recently, two new books have been published in this series: 

Frank Linde & Wolfgang G. Stock (2011):  INFORMATION MARKETS. A STRATEGIC GUIDELINE FOR THE I-COMMERCE.    XXI, 617 pages. ISBN: 978-3-11-023609-5. Also available as an eBook.

Currently, social media companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter gain much attention, while at the same time fears are observed in dealing with such services. Additional to Web 2.0 services, there are highly specialized technical information providers with a limited group of users, such as scientists or stock market professionals. What does on information markets happen? How do such markets work at all? The book by Linde and Stock is addressed to such hot topics. It covers all types of digital information–software as well as content. In this market there are notable features in contrast to markets for non-digital goods. So a digital good is after a sale definitely with the seller while the buyer receives only a copy. In addition, there are massive network effects, which cause that not the best product prevails, but the most popular. In markets of digital information (especially pronounced in music and videos), there is theft on a scale that puts most other markets to shame. And that is not particularly harmful, as pirated products trigger network effects. The book mainly deals with five  research questions:

-   What particularities are displayed by digital information as economic goods?

-   In what environment (society, law, and ethics) are information markets located?

-   What digital goods are traded (or given away for free)?

-   What competitive strategies are pursued by providers on information markets?

-   Which role is played by piracy and the illegal information market?

Target groups are economists, computer scientists and information scientists – researchers, practitioners and students.   

For further information please consult the website:

 Katrin Weller (2010): KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION IN THE SOCIAL SEMANTIC WEB. 442 pages. ISBN 978-3-598-25180-1. Also available as an eBook. 

 This book discusses the aspects of knowledge representation for both the Semantic Web and the Web 2.0 or Social Web.  It shows that the two novel approaches to knowledge representation and document indexing – ontologies and folksonomies – complement each other. Combined approaches of user-based vocabularies plus semantic technologies will lead to new solutions for knowledge organization, document indexing and information access strategies and can thus mark the beginning of a new dimension of Web applications: the Social Semantic Web. This book presents recent developments in both Social and Semantic Web and explains how these two sides grow together. Furthermore, considerations from classical librarian interests in knowledge representation (thesauri, classification schemes etc.) are included, which are not part of most other books on the Social Semantic Web which have a stronger background in computer science. The main purpose of this book is to sum up the vital and highly topical research issue of knowledge representation on the Web and to discuss novel solutions by combining benefits of folksonomies and Web 2.0 approaches with ontologies and semantic technologies. The book includes: -    an overview of knowledge representation approaches in past, present and future, -    an introduction to ontologies as complex knowledge organization systems, -    various examples of novel approaches of community-based ontology-engineering.   

Main target groups are information scientists, computer scientists and librarians.

 For further information please consult the website:

 Katrin Weller Institute for Language and Information Department of Information Science Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf Universitätsstr. 1, Building D-40225 Düsseldorf Phone: +49 (0) 211 81 10803



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