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A science of public knowledge? Theoretical foundations of LIS

Concepción S. Wilson (U. New South Wales) Shawne D. Miksa (U. North Texas) Anita Coleman (U. Arizona) Julian Warner (Queen's U., Belfast)

Presented at ASIST 2003 Annual Meeting -- Humanizing Information Technology: From Ideas to Bits and Back (ASIST AM 03 2003), Westin Long Beach, Long Beach, California, October 20 - 23, 2003


Calls have regularly been made for the identification and development of a body of theory that may serve as a foundation for information science. To this end, Jesse Shera popularized the notion of social epistemology; bibliometricians have proposed models of human document-processing behavior; Patrick Wilson and others have made strides towards integrating library science, bibliometrics, and information science in a broad science of public knowledge. In this session, we examine several related aspects of the ongoing quest to map the intellectual structure of our field and to consolidate its theoretical foundations. The conceptual relationships between bibliometrics, informetrics and related fields are explored; the historical connections between classification and information retrieval researchers are examined; and the distinction between information science and information technology is analyzed both bibliometrically and from the perspective of social epistemology. [SPONSORED BY SIG-HFIS]

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