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Mind the gap: transitions between concepts of information in varied domains

Robinson, L. & Bawden, D. (2013). Mind the gap: transitions between concepts of information in varied domains. In: Ibekwe-SanJuan, F. & Dousa, T. M. (Eds.), Theories of Information, Communication and Knowledge. (pp. 121-141). Springer.


The concept of 'information' in five different realms – technological, physical, biological, social and philosophical – is briefly examined. The 'gaps' between these conceptions are dis‐ cussed, and unifying frameworks of diverse nature, including those of Shannon/Wiener, Landauer, Stonier, Bates and Floridi, are examined. The value of attempting to bridge the gaps, while avoiding shallow analogies, is explained. With information physics gaining general acceptance, and biology gaining the status of an information science, it seems rational to look for links, relationships, analogies and even helpful metaphors between them and the library/information sciences. Prospects for doing so, involving concepts of complexity and emergence, are suggested.

Publication Type: Book Section
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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