Academic journal article Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline

Introduction to the Special Series on Expanding the Focus

Academic journal article Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline

Introduction to the Special Series on Expanding the Focus

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Overview

We all have limits. Every time that we as researchers choose to explore one avenue of research versus another, we limit our understanding. The process of informing has so many facets that we, with our human limitations, often are unaware of more than we are aware!

Within the pages of even this journal, some have interpreted Informing Science as the same as Information Systems. Others interpret it as the same as Information Science. It includes both of these and it is more. The field of Information Systems commonly focuses on the use of information technology to inform business managers, while the field of Information Science focuses on information retrieval, particularly as related to libraries. Informing Science includes these and all other fields that use information to inform clients.

Underrepresented in this journal have been articles in which the clients are non-business and non-library patrons or librarians.

This series of articles presents some of the issues that go beyond or explore different aspects of using information technology to inform.

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In the first of the series, Henry B. …

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