A sign on a tree: A case for 'public knowledge'

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Title: A sign on a tree: A case for 'public knowledge'
Authors: Ma, Lai
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6532
Date: 2015
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.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: John Hopkins University Press
Copyright (published version): 2015 The Board of Trustees, University of Illinois
Keywords: InformationPublic knowledgeResponsibilityInformation science
DOI: 10.1353/lib.2015.0013
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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