The e-Knowledge Industry
Develops and Grows
The e-Knowledge Industry consists of the individuals
and enterprises that create, store, and exchange digital content,
add value to it, and/or aggregate content, and serve demand for
e-knowledge. The e-Knowledge Industry includes publishers, new media
companies, content developer companies, professional societies and
associations, companies, colleges and universities, and other knowledge-creating
enterprises. In addition, individual professionals, faculty, and
practitioners are empowered by the emerging influence of e-knowledge
to create their own content, knowledge, and insight and offer it
Democratization, Empowerment, and New Choices.
In a very real sense, the e-Knowledge Industry is a powerful engine
for democratization and empowerment. In the Information Age, publishers,
colleges, and universities controlled the supply of vetted content.
In the e-Knowledge Age, new market mechanisms will
emerge, including free sources of content, context, and insight.
Marketplaces will enable individual professionals, practitioners,
faculty, and others to create and supply e-knowledge resources to
augment the traditional supply channels.
New Roles, Responsibilities and Players.
The e-Knowledge Industry will provide new roles and responsibilities
for existing players and encourage new players to come to the table.
e-Knowledge suppliers and aggregators will be able
to provide their content and encoded contexts to a wider range of
audiences than offered through traditional vertical channels. Value-added
e-knowledge partners will enrich content and context, providing
a variety of useful services. e-Knowledge demand aggregators
will be able to leverage their market power through aggre-gating
demand among their clientele.
e-Knowledge users will include individuals and organizations.
Their influence will be dramatically enhanced in the e-knowledge
A Changing Enterprise Landscape. Which
organizations and enterprises will fill these roles over the next
ten years? Existing learning, publishing, and knowledge management
organizations? New subsidiaries of existing enterprises? Totally
new enterprises? New kinds of communities of practice that cross
traditional organizational boundaries? Cooperatives of free agents
or amorphous peer-to-peer networks? New strategic alliances and
collaborations? Only time will tell, and the outcomes may be surprising.
The enterprise landscape of the e-Knowledge Industry in ten years
time will likely be very different from the clusters of organizations
and individuals that aspire to be major players in e-knowledge today.