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Information Society and its Manifestations: Economy, Politics, Culture

Edited By Borut Rončević and Matevž Tomšić

The book provides a compilation of idiosyncratic manifestations of information society in techno-economic, political and cultural spheres. The contributors focus on the increasing complexity within information societies. To manage this complexity, societies develop constantly evolving context-specific modes of meta-governance. The contributions allow a better understanding of well-known conceptualizations and definitions of information society and related concepts such as post-industrial society, post-modernity, as well as network society, and knowledge society.

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Knowledge Dynamics in a State of Emergency: A Case Study (Jernej Agrež and Nadja Damij)

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Jernej AgrežFaculty of Information Studies in Novo mestoLjubljanska cesta 31a, p. p. 603, 8000 Novo mesto, Sloveniajernej.agrez@fis.unm.si

Nadja DamijNewcastle Business School, Northumbria UniversityFaculty of Business and LawNewcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1XA, Englandnadja.damij@northumbria.ac.uk

Knowledge Dynamics in a State of Emergency: A Case Study

Abstract: In this paper, we set our focus on the information society on the community level in connection with information, learning and knowledge exchange. For purposes of this research, we used several different methods, binded in the information technology toolkit. We carefully studied regional and local standard operating procedures in case of flood events. To be able to continue with the research we used statistical methods to compare four flood events in the region. We collected information about entities in distress from the Administration for civil protection and disaster relief’s database and created a fuzzy system for assessing learning and information sharing capacity of the communities. Further, we conducted interviews with the members of households (entities), who directly faced at least two flood events and the vice commander of local civil protection, to be able to assess entities` learning and assess the presence of microscale information society. Finally, we used new insights to design learning based social information communities, incentives, based on business process management, using TAD methodology and the iGrafx simulation tool. The paper provides us with the insight of, how important it is to have a stable microscale information society network, present in...

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