Discipline arguably part of Applications of Mathematics that traditionally deals with the processes of storing and transferring information, but also I would suggest with strategies of digesting and using information. It attempts to bring together concepts and methods from various disciplines such as library science, computer science and engineering, linguistics, psychology, and other technologies in order to develop techniques and devices to aid in the handling—that is, in the collection, organisation, storage, retrieval, interpretation, and use—of information. The roots of the discipline of information science lay in three post-World War II developments: the Shannon-Weaver information theory model, Norbert Wiener’s conception of the science of cybernetics (see Applications of Mathematics, and rapid advances in the design and production of electronic computers.
Prominent focus on digitalisation and its effect on human mind, relations, society. See Cybernetics, Sociology of Technology.
Communication Theory, Content Analysis, Cyperspace, Discourse Analysis, Intellectual property, Internet Studies
- http://www.ina.fr/ ;
- Paidcontent http://paidcontent.org/ The economics of content. publishing.
- Digging into Data Challenge http://www.diggingintodata.org/
- http://owni.eu/ Technology, Politics and Culture
For developments in information storage and retrieval linked to new technological developments especially digitisation, and the use of metadata, follow issues surrounding developments of Digital Object Identifier, DOI, OpenURLs http://www.ocoins.info/.
- The Open Knowledge Foundation http://www.okfn.org/ Promoting open access ;
- Altsearchengine http://www.altsearchengines.com/ for search engine optimisation
For studies on Google Book Search impact on research see http://www.digital-scholarship.org/gbsb/gbsb.htm ;