Author's Note: An earlier blog series by me has now been turned into a PDF white paper under the auspices of BrightPlanet Corp The citation for this effort is:
M.K. Bergman, "Why Are $800 Billion in Document Assets Wasted Annually?” BrightPlanet Corporation White Paper, April 2006, 27 pp.
Click here to obtain a PDF copy of this full report (27 pp, 203 KB)
It is a tragedy of no small import when $800 billion in readily available savings from creating, using and sharing documents is wasted in the United States each year. How can waste of such magnitude occur right before our noses? And how can this waste occur so silently, so insidiously, and so ubiquitously that none of us can see it?
This free white paper attempts to address these questions. This report is the result of a series of posts in response to an earlier white paper I authored under BrightPlanet sponsorship entitled, Untapped Assets: The $3 Trillion Value of U.S. Enterprise Documents. 
- Part I: The 'Nature' of Information and Its Ownership in the Commons
- Part II: Barriers to Collaboration
- Part III: The Perceived High Costs of Enterprise 'Solutions'
- Part IV: The Closeness and Ubiquity of the Problem, and
Public and enterprise expenditures to address the wasted document assets problem remain comparatively small, with growth in those expenditures flat in comparison to the rate of document production. This report attempts to bring attention and focus to the various ways that technology, people, and process can bring real document savings to our collective pocketbooks.
 Michael K. Bergman, "Untapped Assets: The $3 Trillion Value of U.S. Enterprise Documents," BrightPlanet Corporation White Paper, July 2005, 42 pp. The paper contains 80 references, 150 citations, and many data tables.