Prohibitive cost of knowledge and information
Other Names: Inflated cost of information
Nature: The total growth of published knowledge in the form of books, periodicals, documents and other knowledge services such as data bank output, and the increasing cost of each of these, combine to make the total cost of knowledge increasingly excessive. Many important reference sources and periodicals can only be purchased by institutions, and often only by institutions to which the public does not have access. This is true of developed as well as developing countries, and is especially true of the reference tools without which relevant documents cannot be efficiently located.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 16.02.1999 – 00:00 CET