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Avoiding Determinism:  New Research into the Discovery of Information

Sanda Erdelez, John Budd, Victoria Rubin, Jacquelyn Burkell and Anabel Quan-Hasse

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


For more than sixty years the field of information studies (IS) has taken a cue from the scientific/technical work of Claude Shannon. Shannon, of course, built upon the work of the likes of Alan Turing, Norbert Wiener, and John von Neumann. The IS developments of the 1970s and later continued to accept many of the deterministic premises than shaped the earlier work. It is only in recent years that a less deterministic conceptual stance began to gain purchase in theoretical and applied IS work. The contributors to this panel will advance three specific non-deterministic foundational outlines for future research in IS.

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