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Information 2016, 7(3), 41; doi:10.3390/info7030041

Information and Meaning

Capgemini UK, Forge End, Woking, Surrey GU21 6DB, UK
Academic Editor: Willy Susilo
Received: 8 May 2016 / Revised: 29 June 2016 / Accepted: 5 July 2016 / Published: 9 July 2016
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This paper considers the relationship between information and meaning through an analysis of a set of measures of information. Since meaning is expressed using information the analysis of the measures illuminates the relationship. The conventions that govern the production and exchange of information are the outcome of selection processes, so the quality of information (as expressed in the measures) is subject to limitations caused by selection. These limitations are analysed using a technique called viewpoint analysis that enables the measures and their relationship with meaning to be examined. Viewpoint analysis is applied to several logical paradoxes and resolves them in a manner consistent with common sense. Finally, the approach is used to address Floridi’s questions about the philosophy of information associated with meaning. View Full-Text
Keywords: information; philosophy; meaning; information quality; information friction; modelling information; philosophy; meaning; information quality; information friction; modelling
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