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Human Information InteractionAn Ecological Approach to Information Behavior$
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Raya Fidel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017008

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017008.001.0001

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Basic Concepts

Basic Concepts

(p.3) 1 Basic Concepts
Human Information Interaction

Raya Fidel

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.

Keywords:   human information interaction, human, system, ecological approach, community of actors, information systems, systems approach, constraints, functional elements

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