• Mind the gap: transitions between concepts of information in varied domains

    Author(s):
    David Bawden (see profile) , Lyn Robinson
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Information science, Philosophy of information, Semantics, Physics, Philosophy of biology
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Information theory, information physics, biological information
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6000003K
    Abstract:
    The concept of 'information' in five different realms – technological, physical, biological, social and philosophical – is briefly examined. The 'gaps' between these conceptions are discussed, and unifying frameworks of diverse nature, including those of Shannon/Wiener, Landauer, Stonier, Bates and Floridi, are examined. The value of attempting to bridge the gaps, while avoiding shallow analogies, is explained. With information physics gaining general acceptance, and biology gaining the status of an information science, it seems rational to look for links, relationships, analogies and even helpful metaphors between them and the library/information sciences. Prospects for doing so, involving concepts of complexity and emergence, are suggested.
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