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Title:A sign on a tree: A case for “public knowledge”
Author(s):Ma, Lai
Subject(s):Philosophies of Information
Information Science
Librarianship
Libraries
Abstract:Can information be objective and/or subjective? Based on Patrick Wilson’s notion of public knowledge and a story of a sign on a tree, this paper argues that private information is not the same as subjective information, and that the very communicative process of making information makes information objective. It also argues that the objective sense of information—public knowledge—has been and will be most relevant to information science, hence questions concerning collective responsibility in collecting, preserving, and organizing information shall be considered.
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: 528–539.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89823
ISSN:0024-2594
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2015.0013
Rights Information:Copyright (2014) Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-07
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