Social information research



Social information research

edited by Gunilla Widén and Kim Holmberg

(Library and information science / consulting editors, Harold Borko and Elaine Svenonius)

Emerald, 2012

  • : hbk

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Information we receive from and create together with our social networks is becoming increasingly important. Social information has a great impact on our information behaviour and there are many possible angles and layers in studying social aspects in information science. This book presents some of these angles. Social Information Research, co-edited by Gunilla Widen and Kim Holmberg communicates current research looking into different aspects of social information as part of information behaviour research. There is a special emphasis on the new innovations supporting contemporary information behavior and the social media context within which it can sit. As a concept, social information has been studied in biology, psychology and sociology among other disciplines. This book is relevant for various actors in the library and information science field and will be useful for researchers, educators, and practitioners while coordinating empirical research on social information and providing an overview of some of the present research about social information.


List of Contributors. Preface. Chapter 1 Introduction to Social Information Research. Chapter 2 'Ciphers to this Great Accompt' - the Shakespearian Social Sense-Making of Theatre Professionals. Chapter 3 Usefully Messy: How People Use Rich, Complex Descriptions to Make Sense in Online Renal Discussion Groups. Chapter 4 Students' Group Work Attitudes and Experiences in Collaborative Wiki Writing. Chapter 5 Social Tagging in Support of Cancer Patients' Information Interaction. Chapter 6 Embracing Twitter as a Research Tool. Chapter 7 Information Phenomena in Game-Related Social Media. Chapter 8 FOAF Within UK Academic Web Space: A Webometric Analysis of the Semantic Web. Chapter 9 Assessing the Impact of Online Academic Videos. Chapter 10 Using Social Media to Extend and Enrich Practice in the Information Sector. Chapter 11 Recommendation for Social Networking in Academia. Social Information Research. Library and Information Science. Library and Information Science. Copyright page. Editorial Advisory Board. About the Authors. Subject Index.

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