We will start each session with one of us standing before the assembled group and introducing us to an "information world" that they are familiar with, but one that may well be new to the rest of us.
This will be voluntary: there will be no one necessarily assigned to do this weekly, though we hope everyone would want to share of themselves by taking advantage of the opportunity.
A perennial question in Information Science is, "What is Information?" After reviewing definitions from the literature, this video presents an alternative visual approach based upon the draw-and-write technique. "Pictorial metaphors" drawn by people are used as a source for new insights into information as Earth, Web, Tree, Cloud, Box, Light Bulb, and Eye. A conclusion claims that the visual perspective is more accessible, artful, sensual, and spacious than long-standing definitions made of words.
In particular, read
Croft, W. Bruce, Donald Metzler, and Trevor Strohman.
Architecture of a Search Engine, 13-29,
Retrieval Models, 233-241,
in Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice. Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2010.
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