Meanings of information: The assumptions and research consequences of three foundational LIS theories

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Title: Meanings of information: The assumptions and research consequences of three foundational LIS theories
Authors: Ma, Lai
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6530
Date: Apr-2012
Abstract: This article addresses the question 'what is information?' by comparing the meaning of the term 'information' and epistemological assumptions of three theories in library and information science: the 'Shannon-Weaver model,' Brookes’ interpretation of Popper's World 3, and the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom model. It shows that the term 'information' in these theories refers to empirical entities or events and is conceptualized as having causal powers upon human minds. It is argued that the epistemological assumptions have led to the negligence of the cultural and social aspects of the constitution of information (i.e., how something is considered to be and not to be information) and the unquestioned nature of science in research methodologies.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright (published version): 2012 ASIS&T
Keywords: Information theoryResearch MethodsInformation scienceEpistemologyMethodology
DOI: 10.1002/asi.21711
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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