David Bawden

David Bawden
City, University of London · Centre for Information Science

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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The second edition of this definitive text gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, bringing it up to date with analysis of the changes in the information environment, now largely digital, and their implication for the discipline and professions. Its approach is rooted in the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundatio...
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The classification of Western art music is a complex area of knowledge organization, yet the reasons for those complexities have not been fully studied. This research dissects the concept of orthogonality, in particular regard to music classification. Orthogonality (antonym: dependency) means that one facet acts independently from another facet. Al...
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Open Access in Theory and Practice investigates the theory-practice relationship in the domain of open access publication and dissemination of research outputs. Drawing on detailed analysis of the literature and current practice in OA, as well as data collected in detailed interviews with practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, the book discu...
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This conceptual article argues for the value of an approach to privacy in the digital information environment informed by Luciano Floridi's philosophy of information and information ethics. This approach involves achieving informational privacy, through the features of anonymity and obscurity, through an optimal balance of ontological frictions. Th...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to review and discuss Luciano Floridi’s 2019 book The Logic of Information: A Theory of Philosophy as Conceptual Design , the latest instalment in his philosophy of information (PI) tetralogy, particularly with respect to its implications for library and information studies (LIS). Design/methodology/approach Ni...
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The proceedings explore knowledge organization systems and their role in knowledge organization, knowledge sharing, and information searching. The papers cover a wide range of topics related to knowledge transfer, representation, concepts and conceptualization, social tagging, domain analysis, music classification, fiction genres, museum organizati...
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The relationship between theory and practice has long been considered problematic for many applied academic disciplines. In this short paper we report preliminary findings from a two‐year research project investigating the ways and the extent that theory and practice have interacted in the development of open‐access (OA) approaches to the publishin...
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Purpose This paper aims to review current approaches to, and good practice in, information literacy (IL) development in multi-lingual and multi-cultural settings, with particular emphasis on provision for international students. Design/methodology/approach A selective and critical review of published literature is extended by evaluation of examp...
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Scientific classification is an important topic in contemporary knowledge organization discourse, yet the nature of the relationships between scientific and bibliographic classifications has not been fully studied. This article considers the connections between scientific and bibliographic classifications for music, taking general discourse about s...
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Information Science in Transition - edited by Alan Gilchrist December 2013
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Cambridge Core - General - Information Science in Transition - edited by Alan Gilchrist
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Innovations in Information Retrieval - edited by Allen Foster December 2013
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Cambridge Core - Knowledge Management, Databases and Data Mining - Innovations in Information Retrieval - edited by Allen Foster
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Purpose This paper describes a new approach to education for library/information students in data literacy - the principles and practice of data collection, manipulation and management - as a part of the Masters programmes in library and information science (CityLIS) at City, University of London. Design/methodology/approach The course takes a s...
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The purpose of this editorial review is to re-examine the prospect that Luciano Floridi's Philosophy of Information (PI), and information ethics (IE) may serve as the conceptual foundation for library and information science (LIS), and that LIS may thus be seen as applied PI. This re-examination is timely, fifteen years after this proposal was firs...
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Widespread use of online social networking services (SNSs) exposes users to a variety of risks. This study examines the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and considers the wider regulatory landscape in the UK. Although based on EU legislation, the DPA has shortcomings in enforcement and in regulating global services using national legislation. Le...
Conference Paper
This paper reports a study of the characteristics, skills and competencies of historians, both amateur and professional, as users of archives. It makes two main comparisons: between professional historians and amateurs, typically genealogists and family historians; and between participants in Slovenia and in the United Kingdom. The study is in two...
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Library and information science is the discipline that studies the information communication chain: all aspects of the creation, organization, management, communication, and use of recorded information. It supports the professional activities of the collection disciplines, including information management, librarianship, archiving, and records mana...
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This paper examines some conceptual issues for library and information science (LIS), with a focus on how they have been treated in the scholarship of Rafael Capurro, based on a selective literature analysis. Three topics are examined. First, the concept of information is considered, with particular reference on the value of theoretical approaches...
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The history of Aslib, an independent library/information membership organization in the United Kingdom between 1924 and 2014, is outlined, with emphasis on the ways in which Aslib acted as a de facto national centre for special librarianship and information work, for documentation, and for technical and commercial information. Its activities in thi...
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Emerging as a discipline in the first half of the twentieth century, the information sciences study how people, groups, organizations, and governments create, share, disseminate, manage, search, access, evaluate, and protect information, as well as how different technologies and policies can facilitate and constrain these activities. Given the broa...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the changing nature of abstracts in scholarly journals, with particular reference to Journal of Documentation. Design/methodology/approach – Selective literature review. Findings – The nature of the editorial is changing towards a more stand-alone and substantive article. Originality/value – The...
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It is suggested that, in addition to data, information and knowledge, the information sciences should focus on understanding, understood as a higher-order knowledge, with coherent and explanatory potential. The limited ways in which understanding has been addressed in the design of information systems, in studies of information behaviour, in formul...
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The changing nature of chemical information literacy over 50 years is examined by a comparison of a number of guides to chemical literature and information. It is concluded that: an understanding of the world of information is the sole aspect to have remained important and essentially unchanged over time; that knowledge of sources, ability to acces...
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The purpose of the paper is to examine the nature of chemical concepts, and the ways in which they are applied in chemoinformatics systems. An account of concepts in philosophy and in the information sciences leads to an analysis of chemical concepts, and their representation. The way in which concepts are applied in systems for information retriev...
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Cambridge Core - General - Introduction to Information Science - by David Bawden
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The relationship between information and complexity is analyzed using a detailed literature analysis. Complexity is a multifaceted concept, with no single agreed definition. There are numerous approaches to defining and measuring complexity and organization, all involving the idea of information. Conceptions of complexity, order, organization, and...
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A review is presented of the relation between information and entropy, focusing on two main issues: the similarity of the formal definitions of physical entropy, according to statistical mechanics, and of information, according to information theory; and the possible subjectivity of entropy considered as missing information. The paper updates the 1...
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In one sense, the situation seems to be worsening. A study of practioner article in library information journals, shows a rather depressing picture (Finlay et al., 2013). This finds that the proportion of articles due to practitioners in falling, as is the extent of research collaboration between academic and practitioners. Furthermore, practitione...
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An examination of the information behaviour of distance learning students is described, based on a case study of the International Programmes of the University of London. A comprehensive literature analysis, and comparison of relevant information behaviour models were carried out, supported by a survey of student behaviour. Following a pilot study,...
Conference Paper
The complexities of the many concepts and models around information literacy are considered, and some personal views given as to how they may best be clarified, both theoretically and practically. A slightly adapted idea of the concept of information fluency can serve as a main general purpose for the promotion of information literacy, expressed as...
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This is not, of course, to say than such methods no longer have value, still less that any one method, or type of method, is superior, or sufficient on its own. It is interesting that both I, introducing the qualitative theme, and Blaise Cronin, introducing altmetrics, used the same quotation from the nineteenth century physicist Lord Kelvin, to th...
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The use of quantum concepts and formalisms in the information sciences is assessed through an analysis of published literature. Five categories are identified: use of loose analogies and metaphors between concepts in quantum physics and library/information science; use of quantum concepts and formalisms in information retrieval; use of quantum conc...
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The concept of ‘information’ in five different realms – technological, physical, biological, social and philosophical – is briefly examined. The ‘gaps’ between these conceptions are discussed, and unifying frameworks of diverse nature, including those of Shannon/Wiener, Landauer, Stonier, Bates and Floridi, are examined. The value of attempting to...
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Purpose – The purpose of this study was to examine whether the logical structure of abstracts in the areas of materials science and technology and library and information science comply with the ISO 214 or IMRAD formats, while also suggesting guidelines for components of abstracts. Design/methodology/approach – In the first part of the research th...
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This opinion piece considers the relative importance of individual and social factors in determining information behavior. It concludes that individual factors are more central and fundamental, although they may certainly be qualified by social and cultural factors and even though there are good reasons for studying and analyzing information behavi...
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This paper examines some characteristics of the British School' of information science. Three main forces driving the development of the new subject in Britain are identified: the documentation movement; special libraries; and the need for better treatment of scientific and technical information. Five characteristics which, taken together, distingu...
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Introduction. Rolf Landauer declared in 1991 that 'information is physical'. Since then, information has come to be seen by many physicists as a fundamental component of the physical world; indeed by some as the physical component. This idea is now gaining currency in popular science communication. However, it is often far from clear what exactly t...

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