Geography of the Information Economy


Reading- and Resource Lists:

  1. Literature in Information Geography
  2. Geography of Conmmunication(s)
  3. Literature in Telecommunications and Information Technology
  4. Readings for 498 (Internet) Workshop, Winter 2001
  5. Location & Cyberspace (Resources)
  6. Information Technology News (Directory)
  7. Geography & the Internet (Directory)

Outline of Topics:

Telecommunications Data and Maps:

  • Technology Atlas: A New Pennsylvania (The State of Technology) [] The Technology Atlas, the first of its kind, resulted from the efforts of the Documentation of Resources and Technology Transfer Project, which was one of the main projects in Pennsylvania's Link-to-Learn Initiative. The Documentation of Resources and Technology Transfer Project assesses what technologies and technological needs exist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Top Ten International Transmission Carriers [Source: Telegeography 1999]
    • Hubs and Spokes: A TeleGeography Internet Reader Available April 2000. [TeleGeography, Inc. $195. 106 pages. ISBN 1-886142-23-8.]
      The Guide to Global Internet Infrastructure. The first stand-alone publication from TeleGeography's Internet research group, Hubs and Spokes updates and expands TeleGeography's best articles to track the shifting landscape of the Net's global geography.
    • Global Communications Traffic Map [TeleGeography, Inc. May 1999 ISBN 1-886142-20-3]

Commercial Resources & Communications Consultants:

  • the New Economy online: The Web Site of Nuala Beck & Associates Inc.

  • CORPORATE BRAINSCAN A Diagnostic Tool for Identifying New Opportunities in the New Knowledge Economy "This Web site describes a unique corporate diagnostic tool, the CORPORATE BRAINSCAN? which was jointly developed by the principals of Gutenberg Knowledge Systems and The ProActive Group, two Toronto-based consulting firms."
    • Gutenberg Knowledge Systems is a division of Gutenberg Internet Services Inc. and is concerned with corporate knowledge strategies and their impact on organizational development. The group is headed by Dr. Robert K. Logan, author of ?The Fifth Language: Learning a Living in the Computer Age?

  • Business Intelligence ".... is an independent company with a reputation for predicting and tracking important trends in management."

  • Sveiby: Knowledge Management "Welcome to this site devoted to creating Business from Knowledge! The web site is maintained by Dr. Karl Erik Sveiby..... I am presently visiting research fellow at Queensland University of Technology in Australia and principal of my own consulting company".

  • the Knowledge Connections pages of David Skyrme Associates - pages "aimed at giving you insights into the emerging global networked economy, where intangible assets, such as information and knowledge, will determine future competitiveness. Successful organisations will make effective use of new methods and technologies such as knowledge management, the Internet, teleworking (telecommuting), and will operate in virtual corporations."

  • Knowledge Inc. The Executive Report on Knowledge, Technology and Performance (Knowledge Inc. is a monthly executive newsletter that covers trends in information technology and knowledge strategy.

  • Telegeography TeleGeography, Inc. (TGI) is an independent publisher and distributor of reports on two aspects of telegeography: international telecommunications and the ownership of the global information economy. Customized mapping and consulting services are also available from TGI upon request.

  • Telecenters The essence of Project SCOPE's innovative, comprehensive community redevelopment concept is the community-based telecenter--the location of the telecommunications equipment and therefore the source of access to information and resources for all in the community. [Return to Project Scope]

  • A Global Information Services Company; ["one of the fastest growing information services companies in the world, providing a wealth of global financial data to investors, financial institutions, and the media."]

  • Steinbeis Transfer Center IMAC (Konstanz) ....efficient information economy with flexible producers... there should be a direct transfer of knowledge from scientific organizations to the organizations of the information economy (e.g., hosts and database producers, information brokers, libraries, publishers, value-added service providers), in order to further information-related, product-related and procedural innovations. IMAC contributes to achieving these goals through consulting, training, direct information brokering and project-related developmental work.

Newspaper Clippings:

  • Long-distance calling: How the consumer can win the rate war Seattle Times, Monday, Sept. 22, 1997 by Shelby Gilje Competition among long-distance carriers is so hot you can make a career out of studying how to get the best deal. Some consultants do. But, cautions one: "No matter how hard you try, you can't get the correct rates into print because long-distance plans change so frequently. It's worse than airline fares."
  • Wiring rural Washington Seattle Times, Sunday, March 2, 1997 by Thomas W. Haines, Seattle Times business reporter


Benedict, Michael. Cyberspace: First Steps. MIT Press, 1991/92.

Breese, J., (Microsoft) Abstracts of papers on artificial intelligence

Carter, Anne P., "Measuring the Performance of a Knowledge-Based Economy," in: OECD. Employment Growth in the Knowledge-based Economy. Paris 1996, pp.61ff. [HC79.E47.E54.1996/Suz]

Conners, Leila Freedom to Connect, Wired, Issue 5.08 - August 1997. "An essential component of the emerging global culture is the ability and freedom to connect - to anyone, anytime, anywhere, for anything...."

Helen Couclelis, The Naive Geography of Cyberspace, Department of Geography and NCGIA, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Gillespie, A. E., Communications and Spatial Structure

"Contrary to popular predictions of their decentralizing impact, digital communications contribute to new and more complex forms of corporate integration, reinforcing center-periphery problems on a global scale.
.... We contend that the "distance shrinking" characteristics of the new communications technologies, far from overcoming and rendering insignificant the geographical expressions of centralized economic and political power, in fact constituted new and enhanced forms of inequality and uneven development."


Harpold, Terry. Dark Continents: A Critique of Internet Metageographies [Georgia Institute of Technology ? 1999 Terry Harpold.]

Kahin, Brian and Charles Nesson (eds.) Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and the Global Information Infrastructure, M.I.T.Press 1997. || Online Bookreview

"Today millions of technologically empowered individuals are able to participate freely in international transactions and enterprises, social and economic. These activities are governed by national and local laws designed for simpler times and now challenged by a new technological and market environment as well as by the practicalities and politics of enforcement across national boundaries.
Borders in Cyberspace investigates issues arising from national differences in law, public policy, and social and cultural values as these differences are reformulated in the emerging global information infrastructure."

Kitchin, Rob. Cyberspace: The World in the Wires. Queen's University of Belfast, 1997/98; John Wiley, 0-471-97862-0

Mitchell L. Moss and Anthony Townsend, MANHATTAN LEADS THE 'NET NATION New York City and Information Cities Hold Lead in Internet Domain Registration Taub Urban Research Center, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, August 1997

Despite predictions that new communications technologies will weaken cities, New York City and other information-producing cities are the primary sites of Internet domain registration, and continue to grow as centers for electronic information.

OECD. Employment Growth in the Knowledge-based Economy. Paris 1996. [HC79.E47.E54.1996/Suz]

Sveiby, Karl Erik. The new organizational wealth : managing & measuring knowledge-based assets, 1st ed. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1997. [Intangible-property -- Management. Intangible-property -- Valuation. Organization. Information-society. Foster Business Library; HD53 .S893 1997]

Anthony Townsend (MIT/NYU): Writings available on the web atTaub Urban Research Center, New York University:

United States. General Accounting Office. Telecommunications, competitive impact of restructuring the international satellite organizations [microform] : report to the Chairman, Committee on Commerce, House of Representatives / United States General Accounting Office. Washington, D.C. : The Office ; Gaithersburg, MD (P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg 20884-6015) : The Office [distributor, 1996]. 40 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. Distributed to depository libraries in microfiche. Shipping list no.: 97-0509-M. "July 1996.". Includes bibliographical references. "GAO/RCED-96-204.". "B-272095"--P. 1. Microfiche. [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. General Accounting Office, [1996?] 1 microfiche : negative. Artificial-satellites-in-telecommunication. Supt. of Docs. no.: GA 1.13:RCED-96-204. 970830 [Microforms/Newspapers Documents GA 1.13:RCED-96-204 CHECK THE SHELVES 1 microfiche LIBRARY USE ONLY]

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