Information Policy

United States

Authored by: Peter Hernon , Harold C. Relyea

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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Information policy, a field encompassing both public policy and information science, treats information as both a commodity—adheres to the economic theory of property rights—and a resource to be collected, protected, shared, manipulated, and managed. Although the literature often refers to information policy in the singular, there is no single all-encompassing policy. Rather, information policies tend to address specific issues and, at times, to be fragmented, overlapping, and contradictory.

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