The role of the South African Online User Group (SAOUG) in the informatisation of society

  • J.C. Theron Department of Library and Information Science, University of Zululand
Keywords: Informatisation, Societal informatisation, South African Online User Group. Role of the SAOUG in informatisation of society, South Africa, Unisa


The study investigates the concept of 'informatisation', its meaning, history and influence on contemporary society. Informatisation refers inter alia to the widespread use of information in society to survive, to produce food, to manufacture products for local consumption and export, and to render services to society. It is, however, often regarded as a much broader concept, which indicates a new kind of society different from the Industrial or agricultural. In the second part of the study the role that the South African Online User Group (SAOUG) can play in the informatisation of the South African society is investigated and certain recommendations are made.
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