SIGIA-L Mail Archives: [Sigia-l] Serious Discussion of IA Research?
[Sigia-l] Serious Discussion of IA Research?
Perhaps Information needs to be considered a type of etherial substance. After all, it takes energy and binding-power to move the stuff through space and time.
But again I ramble, groping for a science behind information phenomena, and should be ignored.
There seem to be philosophical differences between people in the list regarding the usefulness and place of research, but surely research can be boiled down to having a question and recording the outcome an event with sufficient skill to facilitate communication with others so that others may learn (and hopefully conduct their own research). I accept that some of us are just not curious enough to ask questions but isn't doing so a vital ingredient of progress? Does IA have questions or curious people?
Is there a taxonomy or glossary for IA, an accepted framework for IA, an 'iconic tome' that people reference, an intellectual agenda for moving IA forward? As limited - or constraining - as these items are, their use has been a consistent basis for technological progress in the past.
I think that there is some value in using physical metaphors for some of the intangible stuff that IA plays with. "Information: The new language of Science" ISBN 0297607251 is the best attempt I have read in this regard. The application of the physical laws of quantum physics to information and knowledge is refreshing. What do others reach for?
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