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The rhizome and the tree: changing metaphors for information organisation

Robinson, L. & Maguire, M. (2010). The rhizome and the tree: changing metaphors for information organisation. Journal of Documentation, 66(4), pp. 604-613. doi: 10.1108/00220411011052975


Purpose – The paper aims to review Deleuze and Guttari's concept of the rhizome as a model for information organisation.

Design/methodology/approach – This is a critical review of selected literature.

Findings – The rhizome concept is a promising model for understanding hyperlinked information services. It may be of practical value, particularly if it can be integrated with more traditional forms of information organisation. More research, conceptual and practical, is needed before this can be achieved.

Research limitations/implications – The literature review is not comprehensive, and the conclusions are open-ended.

Originality/value – This is the only paper to review the rhizome concept in this way.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Science & Library Science, Computer Science, Classification, Worldwide web, Philosopical concepts, SEEKING, SCIENCE
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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