Encyclopedia of Big Data

Living Edition
| Editors: Laurie A. Schintler, Connie L. McNeely

Information Society

  • Alison N. Novak
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32001-4_115-1

The information age refers to the period of time following the industry growth set forth by the industrial revolution. Although scholars widely debate the start date of this time period, it is often noted that the information age co-occurred with the building and growth in popularity of the Internet. The information age refers to the increasing access, quantification, and collection of digital data, often referred to as big datasets.

Edward Tenner writes that the information age is often called a new age in society because it simultaneously addresses the increasing digital connections between citizens across large distances. Tenner concludes that the information age is largely technology about technology. This suggests that many of the advancements that are connected to the information age are technologies that assist our understanding and connections through other technologies. These include the expansion of the World Wide Web, mobile phones, and GPS devices. The expansion in these...

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Further Reading

  1. Croissant, J. L., Rhoades, G., & Slaughter, S. (2001). Universities in the information age: Changing work, information, and values in academic science and engineering. Bulletin of Science Technology Society, 21(1), 108–118.Google Scholar
  2. Morris, S., & Shin, H. S. (2002). Social value of public information. American Economic Review, 92(5), 1521–1534.Google Scholar
  3. Pavolotsky, J. (2013). Privacy in the age of big data. The Business Lawyer, 69(1), 217–225.Google Scholar
  4. Tenner, E. (1992). Information age at the National Museum of American History. Technology and Culture, 33(4), 780–787.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public Relations and AdvertisingRowan UniversityGlassboroUSA