Editor-in-Chief Lecture


Professor, Knowledge and Information Science Department, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran


Advances in information and communication technology (ICT) have accelerated the transformation process of entities from physical to more conceptual formalities. Entering the world of concepts, on the one hand, has transformed the relations between beings, and on the other hand, has facilitated the grounds for fundamental changes in human communication. A twenty-first-century person is a semantic human being who, along with all physical conceptions of the phenomena in his life, has also a virtual and semantic conception in his mind. The semantic embodiment of all phenomena has caused emotions, feelings, interactions, businesses, etc. to become multifaceted phenomena. E-learning, e-commerce, virtual meetings, virtual stores, etc. all represent the emergence of another sphere within the physical world. This world is the world of meanings and concepts. The world of meanings is closely related to content. A human being on the earth without an electronic identity and without the presence in electronic spaces is gradually becoming unthinkable. The advent of cyberspace has more to do with the concept of digitalization. No entity can enter cyberspace without digitization. The first condition for being in cyberspace is to have a virtual alternative. If any books, magazines, persons, schools, universities, governments, associations, and any other entities, is to appear in the virtual world, they must first be digitized. For this reason, digitalization and digital content management is a constant issue in the age of knowledge. In this article, which was specifically written on the occasion of the first issue of the International Journal of Digital Content Management (IJDCM), an attempt has been made to elaborate on the evolution of digital content and to provide a framework for content management in the knowledge. The key concepts mentioned in the article are also meant as indicators of the content orientation of the journal.