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1 Information in the Digital Age Trends, Challenges, and Innovations

2 The Digital Information Surge How much unique information is expected to be generated this year? – 4 exabytes (one quintillion bytes) -- More than the past 5,000 years combined! How long will it take the world’s technical information to double? – 2 years What is one of the fastest growing sectors of the information industry? – E-books and digital content! Source: XPLANE and ebrary

3 Technology – A Driving Force How many iPads sold in a single month? – 1 million, twice the first month’s sales of the iPhone. How many Google searches are currently conducted each month? – 31 billion! In 2006 there were 2.7 billion. How many text messages are sent and received each day? – More than the total population of the planet! – There are more iPhones and Blackberries in the world than there are people in the UK. How many registered users are on MySpace? – Over 200 million. – If MySpace were a country, it would be the 5 th largest in the world. How many internet devices were there in 2008? – 1 billion, up from 1,000 in 1984 – Mobile devices will be the world’s primary gateway to the Internet by 2020. Source: XPLANE

4 Global Impact Increased global knowledge – The 25% of India’s population with the highest IQ is greater than the total population of the United States. India has more honor kids than America has kids. Reduced language barriers – China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world. Better communication – It took Facebook just 2 years to reach 50 million people. TV took 13 years, and the Internet took 4. – Combined, MySpace, YouTube, and Facebook get 250 million unique visitors each month. Source: XPLANE

5 Challenges How to keep pace with information? – Half of what technical students learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third. How to prepare students and employees for the workforce? – Students are preparing for jobs that currently do not exist. – The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. – Today’s learners will have 10-14 jobs by age 38! How to effectively address these needs? Source: XPLANE

6 6 How We Can Help Collaborate with publishers for authoritative digital content (simultaneously with print) – More than 1 million books are published (in print) worldwide each year.* Provide flexible models – subscription, perpetual access, patron driven acquisition, short-term loans. Develop new technologies for information distribution and discovery – Content hosting, RSS feeds, social networking, Google, etc. Support all languages – Localized content and interfaces Form partnerships for greater usability and accessibility Continue to provide tools that make research quick and efficient * XPLANE

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