|Titel||Information as Ontologization|
|Auteurs||Saab, D. J., & Riss U. V.|
|UItgave||Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology (JASIST)|
The traditional view of data, information and knowledge as a hierarchy fosters an understanding of information as an independent entity with objective meaning, that while information is tied to data and knowledge, its existence is not dependent upon them. While traditional conceptions assume a static nature of information, expressed by the equation information = data + meaning, we have argued that this understanding is based on an ontologization of an entwined process of sense-making and meaning-making. This process starts from the recognition of a pattern that is interpreted in a way that influences our behavior. At the same time, the process character of meaning-making makes us aware of the fact that this ontologized hierarchy is in fact an interwoven process. We conclude that the phenomenological analysis of this ontologization that makes into being data, information, and knowledge has to go back to this process to reveal the essential underlying dependencies.
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