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Spaces of information modeling, action, and decision making

Guy De Tré UGent and Wouter Van Acker UGent (2012) LIBRARY TRENDS. 61(2). p.304-324
abstract
Nowadays, tremendous information sources are preserved, ranging from those of a traditional nature like libraries and museums to new formats like electronic databases and the World Wide Web. Making these sources consistent, easily accessible, and as complete as possible is challenging. Almost a century ago, people like Paul Otlet were already fully aware of this need and tried to develop ways of making human knowledge more accessible using the resources and technology available at that time. Otlet's ideas about a Universal Network of Documentation and the Universal Book are clear examples of such efforts. Computer science currently provides the means to build digital spaces that consist of (multimedia) information sources connected through the Internet. In this article, we give a nontechnical overview of the current state of the art in information management. Next, we focus on those aspects of Otlet's work that deal with the organization of knowledge and information sources. Then we study the potential connections between Otlet's work and the state of the art of computerized information management from a computer scientist's point of view. Finally, we consider some of the problems and challenges that information management still faces today and what computer science professionals have in common with, and can still learn from, Otlet and his work.
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publication status
published
subject
journal title
LIBRARY TRENDS
Libr. Trends
editor
Wouter Van Acker UGent and Pieter Uyttenhove UGent
volume
61
issue
2
issue title
Information and space : analogies and metaphors
pages
304 - 324
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000314737400004
JCR category
INFORMATION SCIENCE & LIBRARY SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
0.273 (2012)
JCR rank
68/84 (2012)
JCR quartile
4 (2012)
ISSN
0024-2594
DOI
10.1353/lib.2012.0043
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2088317
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2088317
date created
2012-04-17 13:41:13
date last changed
2015-06-17 10:01:14
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  author       = {De Tr{\'e}, Guy and Van Acker, Wouter},
  editor       = {Van Acker, Wouter and Uyttenhove, Pieter},
  issn         = {0024-2594},
  journal      = {LIBRARY TRENDS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {304--324},
  title        = {Spaces of information modeling, action, and decision making},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/lib.2012.0043},
  volume       = {61},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
De Tré, Guy, and Wouter Van Acker. 2012. “Spaces of Information Modeling, Action, and Decision Making.” Ed. Wouter Van Acker and Pieter Uyttenhove. Library Trends 61 (2): 304–324.
APA
De Tré, G., & Van Acker, W. (2012). Spaces of information modeling, action, and decision making. (W. Van Acker & P. Uyttenhove, Eds.)LIBRARY TRENDS, 61(2), 304–324.
Vancouver
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De Tré G, Van Acker W. Spaces of information modeling, action, and decision making. Van Acker W, Uyttenhove P, editors. LIBRARY TRENDS. 2012;61(2):304–24.
MLA
De Tré, Guy, and Wouter Van Acker. “Spaces of Information Modeling, Action, and Decision Making.” Ed. Wouter Van Acker & Pieter Uyttenhove. LIBRARY TRENDS 61.2 (2012): 304–324. Print.