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Still minding the gap? Reflecting on transitions between concepts of information in varied domains

Bawden, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0478-6456 & Robinson, L. ORCID: 0000-0001-5202-8206 (2020). Still minding the gap? Reflecting on transitions between concepts of information in varied domains. Information, 11(2), 71. doi: 10.3390/info11020071


This conceptual paper, a contribution to the tenth anniversary special issue of information, gives a cross-disciplinary review of general and unified theories of information. A selective literature review is used to update a 2013 article on bridging the gaps between conceptions of information in different domains, including material from the physical and biological sciences, from the humanities and social sciences including library and information science, and from philosophy. A variety of approaches and theories are reviewed, including those of Brenner, Brier, Burgin and Wu, Capurro, Cárdenas-García and Ireland, Hidalgo, Hofkirchner, Kolchinsky and Wolpert, Floridi, Mingers and Standing, Popper, and Stonier. The gaps between disciplinary views of information remain, although there has been progress, and increasing interest, in bridging them. The solution is likely to be either a general theory of sufficient flexibility to cope with multiple meanings of information, or multiple and distinct theories for different domains, but with a complementary nature, and ideally boundary spanning concepts.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Publisher Keywords: information theory; entropy; review; general theories of information; unified theories of information; philosophy of information; library and information science
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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