- Title Pages
- I Introduction to Human Information Interaction
- 1 Basic Concepts
- 2 What Is Human Information Interaction?
- II Conceptual Constructs and Themes in Information-Seeking Behavior
- 3 Theoretical Constructs and Models in Information-Seeking Behavior
- 4 Information Need and the Decision Ladder
- 5 Five Search Strategies
- III Conceptual Traditions in Human Information Behavior
- 6 Two Generations of Research
- 7 In-Context Research
- 8 Theoretical Traditions in Human Information Behavior
- IV Human Information Behavior and Systems Design
- 9 Interlude: Models and Their Contribution to Design
- 10 Human Information Behavior and Information Retrieval: Is Collaboration Possible?
- 11 Cognitive Work Analysis: Dimensions for Analysis
- 12 Cognitive Work Analysis: Harnessing Complexity
- V An Ecological Approach to Information Behavior: Conclusions
- 13 Enhancing the Impact of Research in Human Information Interaction
- Index of Authors
- Index of Topics
- (p.3) 1 Basic Concepts
- Human Information Interaction
- The MIT Press
As a multidisciplinary field, human information interaction (HII) includes basic concepts with a variety of definitions and interpretations. Researchers give these concepts the meanings common in their discipline, but researchers in the same discipline may come up with differing interpretations. This chapter provides an overview of some basic concepts about HII and their definitions, first by elucidating the terms human, information, and ecological approach. It then explains what a community of actors is, along with system, the functional elements of a system, a system’s environment and constraints, context-specific and general-context information systems, and the systems approach used to account for the multidisciplinary nature of HII.
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