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 56: 23-42 (2006)

原著論文Original Article

「情報」概念の再考Rethinking the concept of “Information”

筑波大学大学院図書館情報メディア研究科Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba ◇ 〒305-8550 茨城県つくば市春日一丁目2番地 ◇ Kasuga 1-2, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8550, Japan

受付日:2005年11月12日Received: November 12, 2005
受理日:2006年7月21日Accepted: July 21, 2006
発行日:2007年1月25日Published: January 25, 2007


The concept of information has traditionally been treated from two points of view: one assumes that information is a “thing” and the other assumes that it is a “non-thing” (typically, a process). To this point, no approach has attempted to unify these two stances. In this article, I define the concept of information as non-thing, but I also show how information can also be seen as a thing. The article also includes a comparison of my definition of the concept of information with some traditional definitions. In addition, I discuss the necessity of investigating various terms that include the word “information” which are used in library and information science, such as information retrieval and information use.

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