Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 47: 1-26 (2002)

原著論文Original Article

「ブラウジング」とは何か辞書,新聞,Webページ,論文中での用例調査The meaning of "browsing": An investigation of definitions in dictionaries and usages in newspapers, web pages and papers on other subject than library and information science

慶鷹義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学科図書館・情報誌専攻School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

受付日:2003年4月11日Received: April 11, 2003
受理日:2003年8月31日Accepted: August 31, 2003
発行日:2003年12月1日Published: December 1, 2003

The term, “browsing” is regularly used in various situations. Hence it is important that any consideration of the meaning of the term “browsing” must not be restricted within the range of library and information science.

In this study, descriptions of “browsing” are collected and examined. Such descriptions are citations from: English dictionaries; newspaper articles in English and Japanese; Internet articles in English and Japanese; and papers in Japanese on subjects other than library and information science.

These sources show that the term is now used in a much broader sense than its original one of “to eat plants”. The term is even used with audio data, chance and information in general as its object. This is due to the fact that the concept of the object of “browsing” has broadened from one prototype “eating” while retaining the common factor of “to select what one needs from many”. As a result, it was found that anything can now be the object of browsing, insofar as it can be perceived as “information” for a person; namely the browser.

In conclusion, “browsing” is currently defined as: that action whereby one selects what one needs from many items, according to certain standards, using all the senses one can employ, in order to satisfy a vague requirement for information.

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