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Library and Information Science Paper (ID LIS056023)

Author
MIDORIKAWA,Nobuyuki
Titile
Rethinking the Concept of "Information"
Issue
No.56, p.23-42
Issue date
2007-01-25
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The concept of information has traditionally been treated from two points of view: one assumes that information is a “thing” and the other assumes that it is a “non-thing” (typically, a process). To this point, no approach has attempted to unify these two stances. In this article, I define the concept of information as non-thing, but I also show how information can also be seen as a thing. The article also includes a comparison of my definition of the concept of information with some traditional definitions. In addition, I discuss the necessity of investigating various terms that include the word “information” which are used in library and information science, such as information retrieval and information use.

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