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Supporting truth and promoting understanding: knowledge organization and the curation of the infosphere

Bawden, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0478-6456 and Robinson, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-5202-8206 (2018). Supporting truth and promoting understanding: knowledge organization and the curation of the infosphere. In: Challenges and Opportunities for Knowledge Organization in the Digital Age: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International ISKO Conference 9-11 July 2018 Porto, Portugal. Advances in Knowledge Organization. (pp. 17-28). Baden-Baden: Ergon-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-95650-420-4

Abstract

This paper considers the response of knowledge organisation (KO) to a variety of problems and pathologies associated with the post-factual, or post-truth, society. It argues that there are no quick fixes, but that KO has several roles to play in mitigating these problems, particularly in the promotion of understanding, as well as the communication of informati on and the sharing of knowledge. Borrowing from Floridi's Philosophy of Information, it argues that KO, and more broadly library and information science (LIS), should address these problems as part of our role as 'curators of the infosphere' .

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Keynote presentation
Publisher Keywords: Floridi; Philosophy of Information; Understanding; Fake news
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Library & Information Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/20090
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