Building environmentally sustainable information services: A green is research agenda

Chowdhury, Gobinda (2012) Building environmentally sustainable information services: A green is research agenda. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63 (4). pp. 633-647. ISSN 1532-2882

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.21703

Abstract

Climate change has become a major area of concern over the past few years and consequently many governments, international bodies, businesses, and institutions are taking measures to reduce their carbon footprint. However, to date very little research has taken place on information and sustainable development in general, and on the environmental impact of information services in particular. Based on the data collected from various research papers and reports, this review article shows that information systems and services for the higher education and research sector currently generate massive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and it is argued that there is an urgent need for developing a green information service, or green IS in short, that should be based on minimum GHG emissions throughout its lifecycle, from content creation to distribution, access, use, and disposal. Based on an analysis of the current research on green information technology (IT), it is proposed that a green IS should be based on the model of cloud computing. Finally, a research agenda is proposed that will pave the way for building and managing green ISs to support education and research/scholarly activities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First published online December 2011.
Subjects: P100 Information Services
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer Science and Digital Technologies
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2013 08:27
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:14
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13170

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