Information is an important concept that is studied extensively across a range of disciplines, from the physical sciences to genetics to psychology to epistemology. Information continues to increase in importance, and the present age has been referred to as the Information Age. One may understand information in a variety of ways. For some, information is found in facts that were previously unkwn. For others, a fact must have some ecomic value to be considered information. Other people emphasize the movement through a communication channel from one location to ather when describing information. In all of these instances, information is the set of characteristics of the output of a process. Yet Information has seldom been studied in a consistent way across different disciplines. Information from Processes provides a discipline-independent and precise presentation of both information and computing processes. Information concepts and phemena are examined in an effort to understand them, given a hierarchy of information processes, where one process uses others. Research about processes and computing is applied to answer the question of what information can and cant be produced, and to determine the nature of this information (theoretical information science). The book also presents some of the basic processes that are used in specific domains (applied information science), such as those that generate information in areas like reasoning, the evolution of informative systems, cryptography, kwledge, natural language, and the ecomic value of information. Written for researchers and graduate students in information science and related fields, Information from Processes details a unique information model independent from other concepts in computer or archival science, which is thus applicable to a wide range of domains. Combining theoretical and empirical methods as well as psychological, mathematical, philosophical, and ecomic techniques, Losee's book delivers a solid basis and starting point for future discussions and research about the creation and use of information.
Robert Losee is a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has authored other monographs, including The Science of Information and Text Retrieval and Filtering, as well as numerous articles, emphasizing the nature of information, analytic models of how information retrieval systems perform, and methods of organizing and tagging text to allow for improved access to information.
Robert M. Losee
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