Information 2011, 2(3), 406-416; doi:10.3390/info2030406
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Unity-Based Diversity: System Approach to Defining Information

University of Posts and Telecommunications Beijing, Beijing 100876, China
Received: 23 May 2011; in revised form: 19 June 2011 / Accepted: 20 June 2011 / Published: 5 July 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from "FIS 2010 Beijing")
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Abstract: What is information? This is the first question that information science should answer clearly. However, the definitions of information have been so diversified that people are questioning if there is any unity among the diversity, leading to a suspicion on whether it is possible to establish a unified theory of information or not. To answer this question, a system approach to defining information is introduced in this paper. It is proved that the unity of information definitions can be maintained with this approach. As a by-product, an important concept, the information eco-system, was also achieved.
Keywords: diversity; unity; system approach; spectrum of definitions; information eco-system

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