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Title:Information science is neither
Author(s):Furner, Jonathan
Subject(s):Philosophies of Information
Information Science
Librarianship
Libraries
Abstract:Information science is not a science, nor is it primarily about information. In this paper, an argument is developed in support of the latter claim. A working definition of information is proposed, and doubts are raised about the extent to which each of five core subfields of information science/studies (information behavior, information retrieval, infometrics, information organization, and information ethics) has to do with information as defined. Several alternative candidates for the primary phenomenon of interest shared by those working in all five subfields are considered: these include data studies; knowledge studies; metadata studies; representation studies; relevance studies; and (as a branch of cultural studies) collection, preservation, and access studies. A prime candidate is identified, and some implications of such a reading for the application of philosophical approaches to information science/studies are highlighted.
Issue Date:2015
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 63 (3) Winter 2015: 362-377.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89820
ISSN:0024-2594
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2015.0009
Rights Information:Copyright (2014) Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-07
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