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ERIC Number: EJ912759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
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ISSN: ISSN-1368-1613
The Nature of Information Science: Changing Models
Robinson, Lyn; Karamuftuoglu, Murat
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v15 n4 Dec 2010
Introduction: This paper considers the nature of information science as a discipline and profession. Method: It is based on conceptual analysis of the information science literature, and consideration of philosophical perspectives, particularly those of Kuhn and Peirce. Results: It is argued that information science may be understood as a field of study, with human recorded information as its concern, focusing on the components of the information chain, studied through the perspective of domain analysis, in specific or general contexts. A particular aspect of interest is those aspects of information organization, and of human information-related behaviour, which are invariant to changes in technology. Information science can also be seen as a science of evaluation of information, understood as semantic content with respect to qualitative growth of knowledge and change in knowledge structures in domains. Conclusions: This study contributes to the understanding of the unique "academic territory" of information science, a discipline with an identity distinct from adjoining subjects. (Contains 1 figure.)
Thomas D. Wilson. 9 Broomfield Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SE, UK. Web site: http://informationr.net/ir
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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