Analysis Of Michael Buckland 's Article, Information As Thing

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In Michael Buckland’s article, “Information as Thing”, there are three different meanings given to information- information-as-process, information-as-knowledge, and information-as-thing. Buckland begins his article by declaring that there is a certain ambiguity surrounding “information” as a whole- with this, he proceeds to describe the three different meanings of information, some of which compare and contrast to my own information-seeking experiences. Information-as-process, as defined by Buckland, is “the act of informing…; communication of the knowledge or ‘news’ of some fact or occurrence; the action or fact of being told something.” By comparing this definition to my own information-seeking experience, I agree with Buckland in that being informed can act as a verb or an action. For example, when I use the search engine Google to learn more about a certain topic or subject, I am in the process of becoming informed. Additionally, when it comes to a subject that is completely foreign to me, I will use Wikipedia as a resource that can briefly summarize what it is about- thus an act of information-as-process. Buckland also goes on to later describe what is considered “informative”, to which he includes a “wide variety of things, such as messages, data, documents, objects, events, the view through the window, by any kind of evidence.” As compared to my original definition of information, I can agree with this to an extent but I find more value in the “Data, Information,…

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