Description

This book is an introduction to critical and theoretical perspectives on digital information. It outlines the origins of information management in nineteenth-century humanism, the adoption of scientific perspectives in the documentation and information science movements, and modern theoretical frameworks for understanding the social, cultural and political place of digital information. Digital Information Contexts is the first book aimed at information professionals to give a detailed outline of important perspectives on information and meaning, including post-structuralism and post-modernism. It explores parallels between information management and media, communication and cultural studies. Each chapter includes recommended further reading to guide the reader to further information. It is a comprehensive introduction to theoretical frameworks for understanding and studying digital information.

Key Features

  • General theoretical introduction to digital information management
  • Explores the application of critical theory, communications and media theory to understanding digital information
  • Historical and critical perspective

Readership

Information management academics and students; Information management professionals

Table of Contents

The meaning of information; Librarianship and print culture; Digital information, science and the social sciences; Digital information and computer science; Digital information, language and representation; Digital information and semiotics; Digital information and post-structuralism; Digital information and post-modernism; Digital information and complexity; Understanding digital information.

Details

No. of pages:
306
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Print ISBN:
9781843341598
Electronic ISBN:
9781780631738

About the editor

Luke Tredinnick

Luke Tredinnick is a Senior Lecturer in Information Management at London Metropolitan University and Course Director for the MSc on Digital Information Management. He teaches on a wide range of topics around the digital information area, including digital libraries, intranets and extranets, knowledge applications and technologies, cyberculture, and the social, political and theoretical aspects of digital information.

Reviews

…the breadth of focus of this book is impressive., Journal of Documentation
...a thought-provoking book. It reads easily and makes a valuable contribution to the literature on digital information and aquiring a better understanding of digital information., Online Information Review
…a must-read for all interested in the context of digital information and its place in information science., Online Information Review