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Information science in 2003: a citique

Webber, S. (2003) Information science in 2003: a citique. Journal of Information Science, 29 (4). pp. 311-330. ISSN 0165-5515

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The author aims to review the status of information science (IS) as a discipline, with particular focus on the UK. A consideration of the discipline begins by comparing definitions of IS. Two visions of the impact of IS are presented to illustrate a key problem area addressed by the discipline. Indicators of a discipline are summarized and Biglan's categorization of disciplines is explained. The author provides a critique of opinions on the nature of IS as a discipline, using Biglan's categories as a framework. The author contrasts the views of those who see the discipline as problematically fragmented and those who envision a discipline of fruitfully interlinked specialisms. This section of the paper concludes by considering disciplinary boundaries and the international scope of the discipline. The last section of the paper reviews the state of IS in the UK, drawing on evidence and on personal experience. Factors considered are: evidence of networks and communities of practice; the name and standing of academic departments and courses; artefacts and personal identification. The author concludes by identifying particular challenges for IS in the UK and indicates areas for research.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2009 12:41
Last Modified: 19 May 2009 17:12
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/01655515030294007
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1177/01655515030294007
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8150

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