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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Infonomics I: Business Information Economics and Data Monetization

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


Thriving in the Information Age compels organizations to deploy information as an actual business asset, not as an IT asset or merely as a business byproduct. This demands creativity in conceiving and implementing new ways to generate economic benefits from the wide array of information assets available to an organization. Unfortunately, information too frequently is underappreciated and therefore underutilized.

This first course in the two-part Infonomics series provides a non-technical perspective on and methods for understanding and taking advantage of information’s unique economic characteristics. Starting with dissecting whether the information is or isn’t an asset or even property, students will begin to appreciate the challenges and opportunities with treating it as one. Then the course examines how information behaves in the context of various familiar micro-economic concepts, and what can be gleaned from this to improve the way information is managed and leveraged. This leads to exploring the various ways information can generate economic benefits—or be monetized, including how various styles of business analytics can increase information’s potential and realized value for organizations.


  • Course Orientation
    • You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.
  • Module 1: What is Information?
    • In this module, we are focusing on the definition of Infonomics. You will learn about the difference among Information Technology, Information Economics, and Infonomics.
  • Module 2 The Economics of Information
    • In this module, you will learn why information should be considered an asset. You will also learn about unique properties of information that make it different from valuable physical assets, such as oil, to which it is very often compared in the modern world to indicate the value it possesses.
  • Module 3 Methods for Monetizing Information
    • In this module, you will read many real-life cases that deal with monetizing information, such as Walmart optimizing search results to increase customer acquisition and retention, Trulia training neural networks to create a supplemental revenue stream, and DBS Bank developing a data solution to improve business performance. Throughout all these examples and cases, you will have a clear look at how organizations benefit from monetizing information.
  • Module 4 Applied Analytics
    • Through this module, you will learn about the three “Vs” of big data and how each of them affects the analytics that can be applied to your information assets and how they could be used to generate insights, recommendations, and prescriptions that can add direct economic value to the organization, i.e., how the information assets can be monetized.

Taught by

Douglas B. Laney


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    Lerrick Sammering

    Lerrick Sammering completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This was an interesting course. I liked the examples of advanced analytics in business. This gives a good overview to the value of data.

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