Interdisciplinary in the Information Field

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    Interdisciplinarity and its implications for developing a conceptual framework for the Information Field is discussed, and Zhang & Benjamin’s (2007) paper Understanding Information Related Fields: A Conceptual Framework is examined. It is argued that the fundamental components of a framework must be seen as embedded in disciplines, with their theories, concepts, approaches and assumptions. It is argued that a theoretically based distinction between multi-, inter- and transdisciplinarity is important as a foundation for a discussion of a conceptual framework for the Information Field. It is shown how interdisciplinary theory may inform the development of a shared conceptual framework for the Information Field. A continuum of integration from multi- to inter- to transdisciplinarity is useful for a distinction of different degrees of synthesis, as common conceptual frameworks tend to be associated with transdisciplinarity, which represents the greatest synthesis of approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationASIST 2012 : Proceedings of the 75th ASIS&T Annual Meeting
    EditorsAndrew Grove
    Number of pages7
    Place of Publicationwww
    PublisherAmerican Society for Information Science and Technology
    Publication date2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventThe 75th ASIS&T 2012 Annual Meeting: Information, Interaction, Innovation: Celebrating the Past, Constructing the Present and Creating the Future - Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    Duration: 26 Oct 201230 Oct 2012
    Conference number: 75


    ConferenceThe 75th ASIS&T 2012 Annual Meeting
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityBaltimore, Maryland
    Internet address
    SeriesAmerican Society for Information Science & Technology. Annual Meeting Proceedings

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