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ERIC Number: EJ1082030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1368-1613
Personal, Anticipated Information Need
Bruce, Harry
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v10 n3 Apr 2005
Background: The role of personal information collections is a well known feature of personal information management. The World Wide Web has introduced to such collections ideas such as filing Web pages or noting their existence in "Bookmarks" and "Favourites". Argument: It is suggested that personal information collections are created in anticipation of some future need for that information-personal, anticipated information need, which also underlies the design of formal information systems. Elaboration: Examination of the literature of information needs and information seeking behaviour leads to the formulation of five propositions that elaborate the concept of personal, anticipated information need. These propositions draw upon concepts such as uncertainty, predictability, sensitivity and the valuation of information sources. Conclusion: An individual's understanding of personal, anticipated information need and how this understanding guides the acquisition and management of personal information will determine the effectiveness of that collection.
Thomas D. Wilson. 9 Broomfield Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SE, UK. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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