"Potentialities or Possibilities": Towards Quantum Information Science?

Bawden, D., Robinson, L. & Siddiqui, T. (2015). "Potentialities or Possibilities": Towards Quantum Information Science?. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66(3), pp. 437-449. doi: 10.1002/asi.23192

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Abstract

The use of quantum concepts and formalisms in the information sciences is assessed through an analysis of published literature. Five categories are identified: use of loose analogies and metaphors between concepts in quantum physics and library/information science; use of quantum concepts and formalisms in information retrieval; use of quantum concepts and formalisms in studying meaning and concepts; quantum social science, in areas adjacent to information science; and the qualitative application of quantum concepts in the information disciplines. Quantum issues have led to demonstrable progress in information retrieval and semantic modelling, with less clear-cut progress elsewhere. Whether there may be a future “quantum turn” in the information sciences is debated, the implications of such a turn are considered, and a research agenda outlined.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bawden, D., Robinson, L. and Siddiqui, T. (2015), “Potentialities or possibilities”: Towards quantum information science?. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66: 437–449., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.23192. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: School of Informatics > Department of Information Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/6439

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