ERIC Number: ED032081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
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Functional Analysis of Information Retrieval. Final Report.
Fairthorne, Robert A.
The purpose of this report is to summarize the content of a series of lectures given at the School of Library Science, State University of New York at Albany. Four summaries are presented. "The Limits of Information Retrieval" discusses the need for a theory of documentation and how it can be derived. "The Structure of Notification" considers in more detail matters raised in the first lecture, and discusses the structure of retrieval service using information theory concepts. "About 'Aboutness'" discusses the difference between extensional aboutness (what a document refers to) and intensional aboutness (why a document is about what it is about). 'Aboutness' is defined as the relation of the Designation of a Message with respect to Code, Source, or Destination; library services exist only to serve the last, the reader. "'Information Sciences' and the Library School Curriculum" notes that the only common feature of the 'Information Sciences' is the application of diverse technologies and skills to facilitate discourse. (JW)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Documentation, Information Retrieval, Information Science, Information Theory, Library Education, Library Science
Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information, Springfield, Va. 22151 (AD 677 289, MF $0.65, HC $3.00).
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Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA. Directorate of Information Science.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. School of Library Science.