Information as commodity and economie sector: Its emergence in the discourse of industrial classification

Cheryl Knott Malone, Fernando Elichirigoity

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In a critical analysis of the recent development and deployment of the North American Industry Classification System, this article focuses on the discourse surrounding the creation of the system's "information" category. A close reading of the relevant government documents suggests that the category functions simultaneously to position information as a major sector of the economy and to organize data about information as a commodity. The discourse also points to the continuing complexities involved in conceptualizing information as a measurable object.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-520
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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