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Exploring the Notion of Information: A Proposal for a Multifaced Understanding
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
2011 (engelsk)Inngår i: tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society / Unified Theory of Information Research Group, ISSN 1726-670X, E-ISSN 1726-670X, Vol. 9, nr 2, s. 305-315Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Man’s notion of ‘information’ is essential as it guides human thinking, planning, and consequent actions. Situationssuch as the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the financial crisis in Greece in 2010, and the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico in2010 are just a few instances of constant growing empirical dilemmas in our global society where information plays a centralrole. The meaning of what information is has clear implications for how we deal with it in our practical lives, which in turnmay give rise to situations that we would prefer to be without. In this sense, the notion of information has evidently presentedthe need to question what it really means and how it dominates the functioning of our global society. To address thisfundamental issue of information, two questions are explored and presented in this paper: What notions of information aredominating the scholarly literature? And what are the differences between these notions? To answer these questions, wehave conducted a comprehensive literature survey of more than two hundred scholarly publications. Detailed analyses ofthe content of these publications identified four kinds of forms of information notions. The results show that these four formspresent diverse and opposing views of the notion of information, labelled as the ‘quartet model of information’. These addressdifferent foci, contexts, and challenges. In addition, we propose an alternative and novel understanding of the notionof information, associated with how information functions in our global society. This understanding offers a new perspectiveintended to address significant needs of the information society.

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2011. Vol. 9, nr 2, s. 305-315
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Information notion; Information society; Literature survey; Content analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39237OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-39237DiVA, id: diva2:767682
Tilgjengelig fra: 2014-12-02 Laget: 2014-12-02 Sist oppdatert: 2018-05-06bibliografisk kontrollert

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