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Domain analytical information and knowledge organization: investigating the externalist and internalist conception of information

Domain analytical information and knowledge organization: investigating the externalist and... The purpose of this paper is to discuss and clarify a possible realist foundation of domain analysis and knowledge organization, and in this vein, investigate into how the concept of information is to be understood at a lower but necessary conceptual level in domain analysis.Design/methodology/approachThe paper investigates into the foundation of domain analysis as formulated by Birger Hjørland, and develops a realist framework for domain analytical information and knowledge organization based on critical realism.FindingsInformation can meaningfully be considered as the prerequisite for domain analysis, and critical realism may provide for a realist ontological framework for domain analysis and knowledge organization.Originality/valueThe paper includes new insights into the foundation of information and domain analysis. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Documentation Emerald Publishing

Domain analytical information and knowledge organization: investigating the externalist and internalist conception of information

Journal of Documentation , Volume 79 (1): 15 – Jan 10, 2023

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0022-0418
DOI
10.1108/jd-07-2021-0126
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to discuss and clarify a possible realist foundation of domain analysis and knowledge organization, and in this vein, investigate into how the concept of information is to be understood at a lower but necessary conceptual level in domain analysis.Design/methodology/approachThe paper investigates into the foundation of domain analysis as formulated by Birger Hjørland, and develops a realist framework for domain analytical information and knowledge organization based on critical realism.FindingsInformation can meaningfully be considered as the prerequisite for domain analysis, and critical realism may provide for a realist ontological framework for domain analysis and knowledge organization.Originality/valueThe paper includes new insights into the foundation of information and domain analysis.

Journal

Journal of DocumentationEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 10, 2023

Keywords: Domain analysis; Information studies; Critical realism; Semiotic object; Knowledge organization; Internal-external information

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