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Dissertation Information for Ali Ibrahim Namlah

NAME:
- Ali Ibrahim Namlah

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Case Western Reserve University (USA) (1984)

ADVISORS:
- Tefko Saracevic

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Phyllis A. Richmond
- Christinger L. Tomer
- Kamlesh Mathur

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: Infrastructure of information needs and resources in the country of Saudi Arabia: an assessment

Abstract: The objective of this research is to determine the information situation of the country of Saudi Arabis as it is related to other development sectors of the country. It is intended to provide a framework for the formulation of a national information policy for Saudi Arabia based on the insight gained into the factors influencing the infrastructure of information in the country.

The methodology employed for data analysis involves the application of a recently developed technique, known as the Index of Information Utilization Potential, or I.U.P. This technique is based on 21 Structural and 17 Functional Groupings. Out of 230 variables that are used in the technique, 201 variables were found relevant for the case Saudi Arabia. However, only 171 variables were selected to match the corresponding variables used in the technique. More pertinently, in order to present realistic profiles of the information situation in Saudi Arabia, eleven previously studies cases, pertaining to other countries, were included in this study, which required destandardization of the data of these cases, and restandardization of the raw data after the inclusion of Saudi Arabia.

Linear regression and factor analysis techniques were used to analyze the data, pertaining to Structural Groupings and the Information Factors, for determining the most representative Groupings of the infrastructure. The use of eleven cases was found useful to determine the ranking of Saudi Arabia. Also, various indexes were derived from these Groupings which provide insight into the information situation of the country.

The interpretation of the various indexes and the profiles obtained in the study, reveal that the country is relatively well equipped in the background conditions, and lacking in the information needs and uses, as well as in the information activities and services. It also highlights the strength of the potential users, which suggests that the infrastructure of information needs and resources is heading in the right direction provided that other components of the infrastructure are met, such as the information professionals and information policies. For an emerging country like Saudi Arabia, this study attempts to emphasize the need to further redefine, reorganize and restructure the components of information infrastructure, such as the information institutions, the information technologies and the information users and uses.

MPACT Scores for Ali Ibrahim Namlah

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calculated 2008-04-09 13:55:36

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