The Invisible Substrate of Information Science

, and . Journal of the American Society for Information Science (1999)


this article is to elucidate key elements of the below-the-water-line portion of the information science paradigm. Particular emphasis is given to information science&\#039;s role as a meta-science---conducting research and developing theory around the documentary products of other disciplines and activities. The mental activities of the professional practice of the field are seen to center around representation and organization of information rather than knowing information. It is argued that such representation engages fundamentally different talents and skills from those required in other professions and intellectual disciplines. Methodological approaches and values of information science are also considered. Introduction Recently, digital information and new forms of information technology have become the focus of tremendous amounts of attention and energy in our society. Money is pouring into the development of all manner of technologies

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