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Slow Delphi: An investigation into information behaviour and the Slow Movement

Poirier, E. & Robinson, L. (2014). Slow Delphi: An investigation into information behaviour and the Slow Movement. Journal of Information Science, 40(1), pp. 88-96. doi: 10.1177/0165551513506360


As part of a wider study of the relevance of the principles and practices of the Slow Movement to the information disciplines and professions, a Delphi study was carried out with 17 researchers in information behaviour and practices. A novel variant of the Delphi technique, termed the Slow Delphi, was devised for this study. This is aimed at eliciting qualitative understanding of complex conceptual topics, where there are a variety of perspectives and positions to be considered. The results of the study show a variety of points of potential applicability of Slow principles in research into information behaviour and practices, and in information provision. These include: more explicit inclusion of a temporal dimension in information behaviour models; greater recognition of the importance of the tempo of information seeking; more critical consideration of speed and scale as factors in the information environment; and the potential for individuals to exercise greater control over their information environment.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Delphi technique, slow information, information behaviour, information seeking, qualitative research, time factors
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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