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The Study of Information Revisited: Chaos in the Emergence of Disciplinary Identity

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Title: The Study of Information Revisited: Chaos in the Emergence of Disciplinary Identity
Author(s): Burnett, Kathleen; Bonnici, Laurie J.; Subramaniam, Manimegalai M
Subject(s): information science LIS CIS disciplinary identity
Abstract: This research will develop time-series fractal maps of LIS and CIS. The maps will be used to trace the trajectory of Information Science from its beginnings in 1965 into the future. Following Machlup and Mansfield (1983), we plan to analyze the logical, methodological, and pragmatic relations among and between these two areas of study centered on information creation, access, distribution and use. Our goal is to facilitate understanding of the future trajectories of the discipline of Information Science, and thereby, those of LIS and CIS through systematic examination of past and present trends. Because these trends are neither linear in their progression nor take place in a vacuum, our analysis will be guided by the fractal theory developed by Andrew Abbott in Chaos of Disciplines.
Issue Date: 2010-02-03
Genre: Conference Poster
Type: Text
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-03-01

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