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Information 2011, 2(2), 372-382; doi:10.3390/info2020372

Toward a New Science of Information

Institute of Design and Technology Assessment, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Received: 4 May 2011 / Revised: 8 June 2011 / Accepted: 9 June 2011 / Published: 16 June 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from "FIS 2010 Beijing")
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Currently, a Science of Information does not exist. What we have is Information Science that grew out of Library and Documentation Science with the help of Computer Science. The basic understanding of information in Information Science is the Shannon type of “information” at which numerous criticisms have been levelled so far. The task of an as-yet-to-be-developed Science of Information would be to study the feasibility of, and to advance, approaches toward a more general Theory of Information and toward a common concept of information. What scientific requirements need to be met when trying to develop a Science of Information? What are the aims of a Science of Information? What is the scope of a Science of Information? What tools should a Science of Information make use of? The present paper responds to these questions.
Keywords: science of information; information science; information studies science of information; information science; information studies
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