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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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What Is Human Information Interaction?

What Is Human Information Interaction?

(p.17) 2 What Is Human Information Interaction?
Human Information Interaction

Raya Fidel

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Research on human information interaction (HII) focuses on people’ s relationship with information, rather than with technology (as in human-computer interaction) or with the information agency (as in librarianship). HII is inherently a multidisciplinary field, encompassing areas ranging from human-computer interaction to computer-supported cooperative work, human factors, social informatics, management, and library and information science (LIS). LIS is the only field that has given HII a significant position among its areas as the field of human information behavior (HIB). This chapter provides an overview of HII and some of its research disciplines. It discusses relevance judgment in information seeking and presents examples of current and potential areas of research related to HII, including knowledge organization, information retrieval, and information and communication technologies.

Keywords:   human information interaction, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, human factors, social informatics, management, library and information science, human information behavior, relevance judgment, information seeking

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