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Information and the gaining of understanding

Bawden, D. & Robinson, L. (2016). Information and the gaining of understanding. Journal of Information Science, 42(3), pp. 294-299. doi: 10.1177/0165551515621691


It is suggested that, in addition to data, information and knowledge, the information sciences should focus on understanding, understood as a higher-order knowledge, with coherent and explanatory potential. The limited ways in which understanding has been addressed in the design of information systems, in studies of information behaviour, in formulations of information literacy, and in impact studies are briefly reviewed, and future prospects considered. The paper is an extended version of a keynote presentation given at the i3 conference in June 2015.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2016
Publisher Keywords: Understanding; information systems; information behaviour; information literacy; impact; i3 conference
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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