CINF Rachelle Bienstock  Tuesday, August 30, 2011 

21 - The Information Century and the Learned Society

Robert J. Massie,, CAS, Columbus, Ohio 43202, United States

Learned Societies such as the ACS developed, of course, in the era of print and paper. So, naturally, did the various structures and organizing principles of those societies. Consequently, the meetings, major publications (both primary and secondary), bulletins, reports, magazines, seminars -- in fact every aspect of the life of the Society developed during, and were influenced by, the relatively stable and known world of print communications. That world began slowly to change in the 1970's and 1980's, with change truly exploding in the last fifteen years. What might be the full, long-term implications for learned Societies now that they truly inhabit the digital age? It has been said that, “If it can be digitized, it will be,” with reference to everything from traditional forms of information to personal health information or information in the home never before captured, transmitted and analyzed. Closer to our home, with chemical information now completely electronic and rapidly evolving, what will the impact be on the Societies that have, in the past, organized themselves around the publication of that information in print? This presentation will reflect on the implications and changes already seen and that may be contemplated in the coming years from this ongoing digitization of chemical information.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 08:35 AM
Herman Skolnik Award Symposium (08:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Location: Colorado Convention Center
Room: 110


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