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Title:Facets of Access: A Conceptual and Standard Threats Analysis
Author(s):Mathiesen, Kay
Subject(s):information access
conceptual analysis
human rights
Abstract:The concept of information access is central to both Library and Information Science and to human rights discourse and practice. This paper offers a definition of information access and proposes a relational understanding of it. Using a "standard threat analysis," based on the work of political philosopher Henry Shue (1996), the access relation is analyzed in terms of five facets: (1) availability, (2) reachability, (3) findability, (4) comprehensibility, and (5) useability. It is shown how this theory can be synthesized with another prominent account of access (Burnett, Jaeger, and Thompson, 2008) to create a rubric to guide the evaluation and creation of information systems and services that satisfy the human right to information access.
Issue Date:2014-03-01
Citation Info:Mathiesen, K. (2014). Facets of Access: A Conceptual and Standard Threats Analysis. In iConference 2014 Proceedings (p. 605 - 611). doi:10.9776/14265
Series/Report:iConference 2014 Proceedings
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 is held by the authors of individual items in the proceedings. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-28

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