Information And Information Systems

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Overview

Michael Buckland offers an examination of information systems that is comparative rather than narrowly technical in approach. With careful attention to different meanings of information, Buckland examines the nature of retrieval-based information systems such as archives, databases, libraries, and museums, and their relationships to their social context.

The introductory material examines difficulties of definition and terminology in relation to information systems. There is a systematic overview of the concepts and processes involved in the provision and use of information systems. Buckland's attention to unusual examples, to how different aspects interact with each other, and to how information systems are influenced by their contents and their context yields interesting insights and conclusions which force reconsideration of common assumptions in information science. This volume, with its subject index and bibliography, provides for students and professionals a valuable and readable introduction to this rapidly expanding field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275938512
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL BUCKLAND is Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Information

Concepts

Theory

Systems

Knowledge and Information

Information-as-Thing

Information in Information Systems

Information Technology

Access to Information

Processes

Inquiries

Perceiving, Receiving, and Retrieving

Becoming Informed: Information-as-Process

Information Processing and Representation

Demand

Providing Information

Relationships

Connections and Coherence

Expertise and Artificial Intelligence

Social Context

Conclusion

Summary and Retrospect

References

Index

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