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Toward an Integrated Information Science [SDGs 9, 17]
Sunday, 25/Oct/2020:
4:00pm - 5:30pm

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90 minutes
Topics: Information Theory
Keywords: Information Science

Toward an Integrated Information Science [SDGs 9, 17]

Jenna Hartel1, Marcia Bates2, Tim Gorichanaz3, Christopher Lueg4, Kiersten Latham5, Soo Young Rieh6

1University of Toronto, Canada; 2University of California, Los Angeles, USA; 3Drexel University, USA; 4Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland; 5Michigan State University, USA; 6University of Texas at Austin, USA

More than ever, Information Science needs a coherent, powerful, integrated vision of itself and the value proposition it delivers in this Information Age. Complex and multifaceted uncertainties like pandemics and climate change do not yield to narrow or piecemeal solutions. Holistic visions of Information Science existed at our field’s formation a century ago, but sadly over the years have become increasingly fragmented and specialized. This 90-minute panel invites participants in the ASIS&T 2020 Annual Meeting to reconsider the benefits of holism and creates a stage to re-imagine a big and integrated Information Science. To that end, we will first adopt Bates’ (2002) conception of seven interpenetrating “Layers of Understanding.” Then, information scientists with expertise in one of the seven layers will speak about the information phenomena at their level. Having the full range of strata illuminated, Dr. Bates will share her sage reflections. Ample time will remain for the audience to tinker with, extend, challenge, or celebrate the idea of a wide-ranging, integrated Information Science.

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