Call for papers – issue 36

Delivery date: 
Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Issue 36 (June 2016)
Focus on: “Innovation in products and information services”
Coordinator: Julio Alonso Arévalo
Deadline for submissions: 31/10/2015
Author’s guidelines: http://bid.ub.edu/en/authors-guidelines

Technological advances are not a neutral element in the context of information. The introduction of new digital products serves as a catalyst and driving force of new services, which are based on innovative concepts such as open, remix and social aspects that somehow affect the ways in which content is accessed, owned and managed, and received by end users. Therefore, we should analyse these issues in order to make a diagnosis of the current situation and to verify the changes in our professional practices. This mutation of the concept of information represents a fundamental change in the nature of what we do and how we do it. From this point of view, information services have evolved from places to get some information in a passive way to places of a deliberately proactive nature, able to involve and engage the community. When we talk about innovation, it is especially important to detect what might be called a “best practice”, so that in the near future these innovations become common practice, able to be applied and adapted to any level of information.

This is a particularly sensitive context in terms of creativity and innovation, with the very specific objective of responding positively to the needs, demands and expectations of citizens today, immersed in a world where information and knowledge are basic needs that may serve as the best alternatives to better compete in the digital age. It seems inevitable that all information services must reinvent themselves from a new set of parameters inherent to the digital world in which users are increasingly involved, forming new ways of accessing information, new products and new services, in line with a creative and innovative society.

Thus, in the present monograph on innovation in products and information services, we offer a range of topics, such as:
- Changes in innovative concepts and information services
- Trends in the various areas related to information
- Evaluation of best practices; evidence-based practices
- Influence of changes in access, management and training - Transfer and adaptation of innovative practices