ABCs of Information: Content, Context, Relevance, and other Challenges

Seminar | November 1 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

Useful information services can be provided without great intellectual rigor or technical precision, but even a little critical scrutiny reveals some basic, useful terms (such as content, context, and relevance) to be problematic conceptually and/or in practice. Meanwhile technological changes continually generate additional options. How could we evolve a more satisfactory tool-kit of concepts and terms? Continuing past seminar discussions, I will review these and other less-known concepts and terms that could enable a stronger and more coherent basis for information studies, including affordances, autodocuments, documentarity, and particulars. Join us for discussion.