Social And Cultural Awareness and Responsibility in Library, Information and Documentation Studies

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105676
Title:
Social And Cultural Awareness and Responsibility in Library, Information and Documentation Studies
Author:
Hjørland, Birger
Editors:
Rayward, Boyd
Citation:
Social And Cultural Awareness and Responsibility in Library, Information and Documentation Studies 2004, :71-91 Aware and responsible
Publisher:
Scarecrow Press
Journal:
Aware and responsible
Issue Date:
2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105676
Submitted date:
2008-01-08
Abstract:
Demonstrates that knowledge concerning social and cultural awareness and responsibility (SCAR) is not opposed to efficiency in information systems development. On the contrary, such knowledge is a prerequisite for developing effective systems. An information system is supposed to provide relevant information and help fulfil the â information needsâ of users and potential users. The concepts of â relevanceâ and information needsâ in information science should be defined in a way that reflects social responsibility. Approaches that are not open to consider SCAR in user needs and relevance criteria cannot be regarded as being efficient. Questions related to SCAR are not only relevant for the methodology of information science as a research discipline, but involveâ more or lessâ all kinds of knowledge production. Some theories of knowledge deny this thesis about the role of values, goals, and consequences in scientific activities, while other epistemologies approve it. The hermeneutic insight, that there is no neutral platform from which knowledge can be evaluated, implies that the seemingly neutral epistemologies are wrong: they are never neutral, they just do not acknowledge and discuss their basis, values, and consequences. Epistemological questions should never remain invisible or unconscious.
Type:
Book Chapter
Language:
en
Keywords:
Philosophy

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dc.contributor.authorHjørland, Birgeren_US
dc.contributor.editorRayward, Boyden_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-01-08T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:31:43Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-01-08en_US
dc.identifier.citationSocial And Cultural Awareness and Responsibility in Library, Information and Documentation Studies 2004, :71-91 Aware and responsibleen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105676-
dc.description.abstractDemonstrates that knowledge concerning social and cultural awareness and responsibility (SCAR) is not opposed to efficiency in information systems development. On the contrary, such knowledge is a prerequisite for developing effective systems. An information system is supposed to provide relevant information and help fulfil the â information needsâ of users and potential users. The concepts of â relevanceâ and information needsâ in information science should be defined in a way that reflects social responsibility. Approaches that are not open to consider SCAR in user needs and relevance criteria cannot be regarded as being efficient. Questions related to SCAR are not only relevant for the methodology of information science as a research discipline, but involveâ more or lessâ all kinds of knowledge production. Some theories of knowledge deny this thesis about the role of values, goals, and consequences in scientific activities, while other epistemologies approve it. The hermeneutic insight, that there is no neutral platform from which knowledge can be evaluated, implies that the seemingly neutral epistemologies are wrong: they are never neutral, they just do not acknowledge and discuss their basis, values, and consequences. Epistemological questions should never remain invisible or unconscious.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherScarecrow Pressen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.titleSocial And Cultural Awareness and Responsibility in Library, Information and Documentation Studiesen_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.identifier.journalAware and responsibleen_US
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