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Title:Systems of information: The long view
Author(s):Black, Alistair; Schiller, Dan
Subject(s):W. Boyd Rayward
Information History
Systems of Information
Abstract:In response to the perceived (by some) onset of an information society, historians have begun to study its roots and antecedents. The past is replete with the rise, fall, and transformation of systems of information, which are not to be confused with the narrower computer- mediated world of information systems. The history of systems of information—which for digestibility can be labeled information history—lacks neither scale nor scope. Systems of information have played a critical role in the transition to, and subsequent development of, capitalism; the growth of the state, especially the modern, nation-state; the rise of modernity, science, and the public sphere; imperialism; and geopolitics. In the context of these epochal shifts and episodes in human thinking and social organization, this essay presents a critical bibliographic survey of histories—outside the well-trodden paths of library and information-science history—that have foregrounded, or made reference to, a wide variety of systems of information.
Issue Date:2014
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Library Trends 62 (3) Winter 2014: 628-662.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-31

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