Document (#1114)

Author
Buckland, M.K.
Title
Information as thing
Source
Journal of the American Society for Information Science. 42(1991), S.351-360
Year
1991
Abstract
Three meanings of "information" are distinguished: "information-as-process"; "information-as-knowledge"; and "information-as-thing", the attributive use of "information" to denote things regarded as informative. The nature and characteristics of "information-as-thing" are discussed, using an indirect approach ("What things are informative?"). Varieties of "information-as-thing"include data, text, documents, objects, and events. On this view "information" includes but extends beyond communication. Whatever information storage and retrieval systems store and retrieve is necessarily "information-as-thing"
Theme
Information

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