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Fundamental Research Questions in Information Science

Sachi Arafat, John Budd, Ron Day, Jonathan Furner, Robin Hunt and Julian Warner

ASIST 2011 Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA, October 9-12, 2011


What is the function of foundations research in any discipline, and in IS? It is claimed that it is to produce a fundamental dialectic, a particular type of intellectual culture. This panel aims to flesh-out this culture by means of a dialectic, by addressing four inter-related zones of inquiry, concerning the historical, ontological, epistemological (and scientific), and socio-ethical aspects – which include acts such as the creation of technology or policy.

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