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Knowledge Map of Information Science: A Report on a Delphi Study

Moderator: Anthony Debons Presenters: Chaim Zins, Charles Davis, Nicolae Dragulanscu, Tom Froehlich, Titiana Gavrilova, Donald Hawkins, Donald Kraft, Michel Menou, & Richard Smiraglia

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


Description/abstract of the session: In the last two years (2003-2005) Dr. Chaim Zins has conducted a critical Delphi study aimed at exploring the theoretical foundations of the field, map its various conceptions, and develop a systematic, and scientifically valid knowledge map; a map which is grounded on a solid theoretical basis. The scientific methodology is Critical Delphi. Critical Delphi is a qualitative research methodology composed of three successive rounds of structured questionnaires. The international panel is composed of 57 [participants from 16 countries, 54 are full members; three are observers (i.e. they do not strictly meet the three criteria for the panel selection). This unique and exceptional panel comprised leading scholars who represent (almost) all the major sub-fields and important aspects of the field.

The panel session will be focused on the study and its implications to the field of Information Science. The discussants participated in the study.

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