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Human Information Interaction: An Ecological Approach to Information Behavior

Raya Fidel


Human information interaction (HII) is an emerging area of study that investigates how people interact with information; its subfield human information behavior (HIB) is a flourishing, active discipline. Yet despite their obvious relevance to the design of information systems, these research areas have had almost no impact on systems design. One issue may be the contextual complexity of human interaction with information; another may be the difficulty in translating real-life and unstructured HII complexity into formal, linear structures necessary for systems design. This book proposes a resea ... More

Keywords: human information interaction, human information behavior, information systems, systems design, cognitive work analysis, CWA framework, effective systems, analytical tools, ecological approach, complexity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262017008
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raya Fidel, author