Paul Evan Peters
Executive Director of Coalition for Networked Information
Less than ten years after the big bang in cyberspace that created it, the Internet information environment has become home to a diverse and rapidly growing population of communities. Many of these networked communities create and use information in ways that represent modernized versions of strategies and practices that were well-established before the emergence of the Internet information environment. Other communities are striving to actualize the genuinely innovative, even transformational, potential of the Internet as a communication medium and publication channel.
This lecture surveyed the large features of the current and relatively close horizon Internet information landscape. A number of areas were explored in which fundamental shifts in thinking are possible, even necessary, by creators and users of networked information resources and services. Questions were entertained about the politics and economics of the contemporary Internet, the National Research and Education Network (NREN) program, and the National Information Infrastructure (NII) initiative.
PAUL EVAN PETERS is executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, a joint project of the Association of Research Libraries, CAUSE, and EDUCOM that promotes creation of and access to information resources in networked environments in order to enrich scholarshop and to enhance intellectual productivity. Before founding the Coalition in March 1990, Mr. Peters was Systems Coordinator at the New York Public Library from 1987 through 1989, and was Assistant University Librarian for Systems at Columbia University where he also earned a masters degree in sociology from 1979 through 1986. From 1970 until 1978, Mr. Peters was a principal in a variety of research and development projects and he earned a masters degree in library and information sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Peters worked briefly as a Retail Systems Engineer for the National Cash Register Corporation immediately following the completion of his undergraduate studies in computer science and philosophy at the University of Dayton in 1969.
Mr. Peters is a past-President of the Library and Information Technology Association, is the past-Chair of the National Information Standards Organization, and serves on the editorial boards of Library Hi Tech, Public Access Computer System Review, and the Journal on Information Networking.
Friday August 27
Tan Oak Room, 4th floor ASUC Student Union
co-sponsored by the School of Library and Information Studies and the School of Journalism