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1Thellefsen, M.M. ; Thellefsen, T. ; Sørensen, B.: Information as signs : a semiotic analysis of the information concept, determining its ontological and epistemological foundations.
In: Journal of documentation. 74(2018) no.2, S.372-382.
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to formulate an analytical framework for the information concept based on the semiotic theory. Design/methodology/approach The paper is motivated by the apparent controversy that still surrounds the information concept. Information, being a key concept within LIS, suffers from being anchored in various incompatible theories. The paper suggests that information is signs, and it demonstrates how the concept of information can be understood within C.S. Peirce's phenomenologically rooted semiotic. Hence, from there, certain ontological conditions as well epistemological consequences of the information concept can be deduced. Findings The paper argues that an understanding of information, as either objective or subjective/discursive, leads to either objective reductionism and signal processing, that fails to explain how information becomes meaningful at all, or conversely, information is understood only relative to subjective/discursive intentions, agendas, etc. To overcome the limitations of defining information as either objective or subjective/discursive, a semiotic analysis shows that information understood as signs is consistently sensitive to both objective and subjective/discursive features of information. It is consequently argued that information as concept should be defined in relation to ontological conditions having certain epistemological consequences. Originality/value The paper presents an analytical framework, derived from semiotics, that adds to the developments of the philosophical dimensions of information within LIS.
Inhalt: Vgl.: https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JD-05-2017-0078.
Themenfeld: Begriffstheorie ; Information
2Thellefsen, T. ; Sørensen, B. ; Thellefsen, M.: ¬The information concept of Nicholas Belkin revisited : some semeiotic comments.
In: Journal of documentation. 70(2014) no.1, S.74-92.
Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of the paper is to examine and compare Nicholas Belkin's information concept and his concept of communication with the authors' semeiotic inspired communication model - the Dynacom. Design/methodology/approach - The authors compare the two communication models by comparing the requirements given by Belkin and the conditions of the Dynacom. Findings - The authors conclude that Belkin's idea of information and his idea of communication lack the social aspect. Based on his theory, he is unable to point out how information becomes knowledge. These are two major issues the authors believe they can elaborate on by introducing the Dynacom and their semeiotic inspired concept of information. Originality/value - No one has previously specifically analyzed Nicholas Belkin's concept of information and compared it to a semeiotic ditto.