Information Science and Its Relation to Other Areas of Knowledge

Information Science and Its Relation to Other Areas of Knowledge

José Poças Rascão (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3725-0.ch010

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between information science and other areas of knowledge based on the aggregation of existing literature. It is a descriptive study, with the goal of identifying and characterizing the relationship among different areas of expertise. The structure of the chapter summarizes the existing academic work, seeking to generate new knowledge. The results can be used to integrate the relationship of the different areas of knowledge. The chapter seeks to first identify apparent relationships and then focuses in more detail on some of them. It concludes with the implications for future research.
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Introduction

The proposed work intents to provide a reflection on the emergence and evolution of information science, taking into account the context in which it operates. To understand an area or topic is necessary at first, the knowledge of its origins and its history. Thus, we present firstly a short history of the evolution of information science and its development over the past decades.

The consolidation of a particular field of knowledge gives, among other things, the existence of a scientific community. This in turn consists of a number of researchers and scientists concerned to discuss and solve problems that arise in the area. A shared by members of a community paradigm results in the consolidation of the scientific community.

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