Informatization or informatisation refers to the extent by which a geographical area, an economy or a society is becoming information-based, i.e., increase in size of its information labor force. Usage of the term was inspired by Marc Porat’s categories of ages of human civilization: the Agricultural Age, the Industrial Age and the Information Age (1978). Informatization to the Information Age is what industrialization was to the Industrial Age. It has been stated that:
The Agricultural Age has brought about the agriculturization of the planet. The Industrial Age has caused among other things the industrialization of agriculture. The Information Age has resulted to the informatization of the agricultural industry (Flor, 1993).
The term has mostly been used within the context of national development.
Everett Rogers(2000) defines informatization as the process through which new communication technologies are used as a means for furthering development as a nation becomes more and more an information society. However, some observers, such as Alexander Flor(1986) have cautioned about the negative impact of informatization on traditional societies.
technological determinismdimension has been highlighted in informatization. Randy Kluverof Texas A&M University defines informatization as the process primarily by which information technologies, such as the world-wide web and other communication technologies, have transformed economic and social relations to such an extent that cultural and economic barriers are minimized. Kluver expands the concept to encompass the civic and cultural arenas. He believes that it is a process whereby information and communication technologies shape cultural and civic discourse. G. Wangdescribes the same phenomenon (1994) which she calls "informatization" as a "process" of change that features (a) the use of informatization and IT (information technologies) to such and extent that they become the dominant forces in commanding economic, political, social and cultural development; and (b) unprecedented growth in the speed, quantity, and popularity of information production and distribution."
Origin of the term
The term informatisation was coined by Simon Nora and Alain Minc in their publication "L'Informatisation de la société: Rapport à M. le Président de la République" which was translated in English in 1980 as "The Computerization of Society: A report to the President of France". (SAOUG) However, in an article published in 1987 Minc preferred to use Informatisation and not computerization.
After the 1978 publication the concept was adopted in French, German and English subject literatures and was broadened to include more aspects than only computers and telecommunications. (SAOUG)
ocial Impact of Informatization
Informatization has many far-reaching consequences in society. Kim (2004) observes that these include repercussions in economics, politics and other aspects of modern living. In the economic sphere, for example, information is viewed as a focal resource for development, replacing the centrality of labor and capital during the industrial age. In the political arena, there are increased opportunities for participative democracy with the advent of
information and communication technology(ICT) that provide easy access to information on varied social and political issues.
Informatization in Economic Systems
Industrializationpropelled transformation of the economic system from agricultural age to modernized economies, and so informatization ushered the industrial age into an information-rich economy. Unlike the agricultural and industrial ages where economics refers to optimization of scarce resources, the information age deals with maximization of abundant resources. Alexander Flor (2008) wrote that informatization gives rise to information-based economies and societies wherein information naturally becomes a dominant commodity or resource. The accumulation and efficient use of knowledge has played a central role in the transformation of the economy (Linden 2004).
Globalization and Informatization
Over the years,
globalizationand informatization have "redefined industries, politics, cultures, and perhaps the underlying rules of social order" (Friedman 1999). Although they explain different phenomena, their social, political, economic, and cultural functions remarkably overlaps. "Although globalization ultimately refers to the integration of economic institutions, much of this integration occurs through the channels of technology. Although international trade is not a new phenomenon, the advent of communications technologies has accelerated the pace and scope of trade" (Kluver).
::a) Globalization and Informatization will have great impact on cultural and social consequences of society.
::b) "Globalization and informatization are likely to diminish the concept of the national as a political institution" (Poster 1999). Friedman (1999) argues that as nation states decline in importance, multi-national corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and "superempowered individuals" such as
George Sorosgain influence and importance. As these non-political organizations and institutions gain importance, there are inevitable challenges to political, economic, and cultural processes.
::c) On the other hand, globalization and informatization allow for efficient flow of information. Individuals and societies are, therefore, greatly empowered to engage in international arena for economic, political, and cultural resources.
::d) "There is proliferation of information about lifestyles, religions, and cultural issues. The telecommunications and computer networks also allow for unprecedented global activism. This democratization of information increases the potential for international harmony, although it by no means guarantees it" (Kluver).
::e) These twin forces greatly affects "centuries of tradition, local autonomy, and cultural integrity."
::f) "Finally, one of the potentially most devastating impact of the forces of globalization and informatization is that there is created an insidious conflict between the new global economic order and the local, or even tribal, interests" (Kluver).
Measurement of Informatization
Kim (2004) proposed to measure the informatization in a country using a composite measure made up of the following extraneous variables: Education, R&D Expenditure, Agricultural Sector and
Intellectual Property. Kim also relates increasing democracy as evidence of social informatization. It supposedly take into consideration the three approaches to conceptualizing informatization namely the economic, technological, and stock. Each can be measured with economic data (e.g. GDP), ICT data (e.g. number of computers per population), and amount of information (e.g. number of published technological journals) respectively.
Such composite measure is similar to the
World Bank's Knowledge Assessment Methodology (KAM) Variables (2008) which are clustered into: overall performance of the economy, economic incentive and institutional regime, innovation system, education and human resources, and information and communication technology.
National Laws on Informatization
Informatization is recognized by states as important to national development. Some states have created laws implementing or regulating informatization.
Russiathe the State Dumaenacted the "Federal Law on Information, Informatization, and the Protection of Information" in January 25, 1995. It was signed into law by President Boris Yeltsin in February 20, 1995.
Azerbaijan had a "Law on Information, Informatization and Protection of Information" in 1998.
#Rogers, Everett M. 2000. "Informatization, globalization, and privatization in the new millennium". The Asian Journal of Communication Volume 10 Number 2. pp 71-92.
#Flor, Alexander G. 1986. The information-rich and the information-poor: Two faces of the Information Age in a developing country. University of the Philippines Los Baños.
#Flor, Alexander G. 1993. "The informatization of agriculture". The Asian Journal of Communication. Volume 3 Number 2. pp 94-103
#Kluver, Randy. "Globalization, Informatization and Intercultural Communication". http://acjournal.org/holdings/vol3/Iss3/spec1/kluver.htm . Accessed 25 July 2008.
#"Federal Law on Information, Informatization, and the Protection of Information Enacted By the State Duma 25 January 1995". Available at http://www.fas.org/irp/world/russia/docs/law_info.htm. Accessed 7 August 2008.
#Kim, Sangmoon. 2004. Social Informatization: Its Measurement, Causes and Consequences. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton San Francisco & Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA, August 14, 2004 [Online PDF] . Available at
#SAOUG. (n.d.) "The Role of the South African Online User Group (SAOUG) in the Informatisation of Society". Available at http://www.saoug.org.za/archive/2003/0317a.pdf. Accessed 16 August 2008.
#Linden, Geert van der 2004. Transforming Institutional Knowledge into Organizational Effectiveness: The Challenge of Becoming a Learning Organization. Speech delivered at the ARTDo International Management and HRD Conference, September 25, 2004. Available at http://adb.org/documents/speeches/2004/mo2004056.asp Accessed Sept. 13,2008.
#Flor, Alexander G.2008 Developing Societies in the Information Age: A Critical Perspective UP Open University, Los Banos
#The World Bank.(2008) "Knowledge Assessment Methodology. Variables and clusters." Available at http://go.worldbank.org/E7ISX99P10. Accessed September 19, 2008.
#Friedman, T.(1999) "The lexus and the olive tree: understanding globalization." Available at http://acjournal.org/holdings/vol3/Iss3/spec1/kluver.htm. Accessed August 29, 2008.
#Poster, M.(1999) "National identities and communications technologies. The Information Societies." Available at http://acjournal.org/holdings/vol3/Iss3/spec1/kluver.htm. Accessed August 29, 2008.
#Law on information, informatization and protection of information. (2007) In Legislationline. Retrieved September 30, 2008, from http://www.legislationline.org/legislation.php?tid=219&lid=7123&less=false.
* [http://www.iia.ca/default4.htm International Informatization Academy]
* [http://www.aeiedu.be/ ACADEMIE EUROPEENNE D'INFORMATISATION (European Academy of Informatization)]
* [http://go.worldbank.org/JGAO5XE940 World Bank's Knowledge Assessment Methodology] - You can check the level of informatization or knowledge economy of your country and compare it with other countries using their online tools.
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