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Weekly News Digest

March 3, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New Report on How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released a new report, “How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems.” The report is built around surveys in three communities—Philadelphia, San Jose, and Macon, Ga.—and it found some notable and surprising things about the importance of government transparency, broadband adoption, and the rise of social media as tools for community conversation.

The studies show that if people believe their local government shares information well, they also feel good about their town and its civic institutions. Those who are avid information consumers from news media and online sources are more likely to be involved and feel they have impact. Broadband users are sometimes less satisfied than others with community life. That raises the possibility that upgrades in a local information system might produce more critical, activist citizens. Social media like Facebook and Twitter are emerging as key parts of the civic landscape and mobile connectivity is beginning to affect people’s interactions with civic life.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation asked the Monitor Institute to explore key components of local information systems in three communities with advisory help from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. This report is the fruit of an 8-month research effort pilot testing several research methods.

Source: Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

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