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Why Is Relevance Still the Basic Notion in Information Science? (Despite Great Advances in Information Technology)

Saračević, Tefko

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        <foaf:name>Saračević, Tefko</foaf:name>
            <foaf:name>School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University</foaf:name>
    <dct:title>Why Is Relevance Still the Basic Notion in Information Science? (Despite Great Advances in Information Technology)</dct:title>
    <dct:issued rdf:datatype="">2015</dct:issued>
    <dcat:keyword>Information science</dcat:keyword>
    <dcat:keyword>Information retrieval</dcat:keyword>
    <dct:issued rdf:datatype="">2015-05-26</dct:issued>
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    <dct:description>&lt;p&gt;Relevance is a fundamental notion in information science. The aim of this&lt;br /&gt; paper is to provide a perspective on two large questions, the first historical&lt;br /&gt; the second contemporary: (1) Why did relevance become a central notion of&lt;br /&gt; information science? (2) In this day and age of huge advances in information&lt;br /&gt; technology, why did relevance still remain a central notion? In the 1950s,&lt;br /&gt; relevance emerged as a central notion in information science because of extensive&lt;br /&gt; theoretical and practical concerns with and commitments to searching&lt;br /&gt; and not only with organization of information. In turn, searching was connected&lt;br /&gt; to and made possible by many innovations in computers and computing.&lt;br /&gt; Contemporary advances in information technology brought about great&lt;br /&gt; many changes. Search engines, social media, and a myriad of new information&lt;br /&gt; resources emerged and transformed the world. Searching for information&amp;nbsp;is used widely all over the globe by all kinds of populations and reasons.&lt;br /&gt; However, searching is still based on relevance. Relevance was and still is a&lt;br /&gt; fundamental notion related to searching and retrieval of information. Conclusions&lt;br /&gt; emphasize that information technology and myriad applications are&lt;br /&gt; changing at an accelerated pace. However, no matter what, relevance is here&lt;br /&gt; to stay. Relevance is timeless. Concerns about relevance will always be&lt;br /&gt; timely.&lt;/p&gt;</dct:description>
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