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The History of Information: Lessons for Information Management

Arjan Vreeken
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Abstract
Information is a central yet difficult concept for information management. To understand the meaning of information today, it is important to understand its history. The goal of this paper is to provide an understanding of this history and to make explicit important lessons from this history for information management. First, a model of information’s history is presented that explicitly focuses on information’s relation with ontology and epistemology. Second, the history of information is described using this model. This history is then used to explicate lessons for information management today, as it has been unrealistically restricted by a narrow, objective understanding of information. The history of information provides several directions to change this embarrassing situation.

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Reference:Vreeken, A. (2005). "The History of Information: Lessons for Information Management," University of Amsterdam, Netherlands . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 5(2). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/5-2
Keywords:information, history, information management, ontology, epistemology
Item Type:Article - Volume 5 Article 2 (2005)
Language:English
Email: Arjan Vreeken (a.vreeken@uva.nl)
Related Link(s):http://primavera.feb.uva.nl/scripts/abstract.php?id=209

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