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1Wells, M.J.: Social semiotics as theory and practice in library and information science.
In: Journal of documentation. 71(2015) no.4, S.691-708.
Abstract: Purpose Information scholars frequently make use of "conceptual imports" - epistemological and methodological models developed in other disciplines - when conducting their own research. The purpose of this paper is to make the case that social semiotics is a worthy candidate to add to the information sciences toolkit. Design/methodology/approach Both traditional and social semiotics are described in detail, with key texts cited. To demonstrate the benefits social semiotic methods may bring to the information sciences, the digital display screen is then employed as a test case. Findings By treating the display as a semiotic resource, the author is able to demonstrate that, rather than being a transparent window by which the author may access all of the data, the screen actually distorts and conceals a significant amount of information, and severely restricts the control users have over software packages such as online public access catalogues. A programming paradigm known as language-oriented programming (LOP), however, can help to remedy these issues. Originality/value The test case is meant to provide a framework by which other information sciences issues may be explores via social semiotic methods. Social semiotics, moreover, is still evolving as a subject matter, so IS scholars could also potentially contribute to its continued development with their work.
Inhalt: Vgl.: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JD-01-2014-0018.
Wissenschaftsfach: Bibliothekswesen ; Informationswissenschaft ; Semiotik