Evolving Perspectives of Human Information Behavior: Contexts, Situations, Social Networks and Information Horizons

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105189
Title:
Evolving Perspectives of Human Information Behavior: Contexts, Situations, Social Networks and Information Horizons
Author:
Sonnenwald, Diane H.
Editors:
Wilson, T. D.; Allen, D. K.
Citation:
Evolving Perspectives of Human Information Behavior: Contexts, Situations, Social Networks and Information Horizons 1999, :176-190 Exploring the Contexts of Information Behavior: Proceedings of the Second International Conference in Information Needs
Publisher:
Taylor Graham
Journal:
Exploring the Contexts of Information Behavior: Proceedings of the Second International Conference in Information Needs
Issue Date:
1999
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105189
Submitted date:
2006-08-14
Abstract:
This paper presents an evolving framework of human information behavior. The framework emerges from theories and empirical studies from a variety of research traditions, including information science, communication, sociology and psychology, that inform our understanding of human information behaviour. First, fundamental concepts, such as context, situation, and social networks, are discussed. Using these concepts, a series of propositions that strive to elucidate, that is, prove a framework for exploring, human information behaviour are proposed. Information exploration, seeking, filtering, use and dissemination, are included (to varying degrees) in the framework. The framework also incorporates cognitive, social and system perspectives. A key concept in the framework is the notion of an "information horizon" in which individuals can act. Information horizons, which may consist of a variety of information resources, are determined socially and individually, and may be conceptualized as densely populated solution spaces. In a densely populated solution space, many solutions are assumed, and the information retrieval problem expands from determining the most efficient path to the best solution, to determining how to make possible solutions visible--to an individual(s) and to other information resources.
Type:
Book Chapter
Language:
en
Keywords:
Information Science; Social Informatics

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dc.contributor.authorSonnenwald, Diane H.en_US
dc.contributor.editorWilson, T. D.en_US
dc.contributor.editorAllen, D. K.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-08-14T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:21:19Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-08-14en_US
dc.identifier.citationEvolving Perspectives of Human Information Behavior: Contexts, Situations, Social Networks and Information Horizons 1999, :176-190 Exploring the Contexts of Information Behavior: Proceedings of the Second International Conference in Information Needsen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105189-
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents an evolving framework of human information behavior. The framework emerges from theories and empirical studies from a variety of research traditions, including information science, communication, sociology and psychology, that inform our understanding of human information behaviour. First, fundamental concepts, such as context, situation, and social networks, are discussed. Using these concepts, a series of propositions that strive to elucidate, that is, prove a framework for exploring, human information behaviour are proposed. Information exploration, seeking, filtering, use and dissemination, are included (to varying degrees) in the framework. The framework also incorporates cognitive, social and system perspectives. A key concept in the framework is the notion of an "information horizon" in which individuals can act. Information horizons, which may consist of a variety of information resources, are determined socially and individually, and may be conceptualized as densely populated solution spaces. In a densely populated solution space, many solutions are assumed, and the information retrieval problem expands from determining the most efficient path to the best solution, to determining how to make possible solutions visible--to an individual(s) and to other information resources.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor Grahamen_US
dc.subjectInformation Scienceen_US
dc.subjectSocial Informaticsen_US
dc.titleEvolving Perspectives of Human Information Behavior: Contexts, Situations, Social Networks and Information Horizonsen_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.identifier.journalExploring the Contexts of Information Behavior: Proceedings of the Second International Conference in Information Needsen_US
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