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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

2004 Information Format Trends: Content, Not Containers

This was an interesting report via Edu_RSS about the “growing phenomenon of content being created, published and shared”.

It “examines the "unbundling of content" from traditional containers (books, journals, CDs) and distribution methods (postal mail, resource sharing). As the boundaries blur between content, technology and the information consumer, the report shows how format now matters less than the information within the container.”

The report was produced by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) as a follow up to their Five-Year Information Format Trends report of 2003. It has a particular slant towards libraries but the issues relating to trends in content organisation and delivery can generally be applied across the board.


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