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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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    <subfield code="a">&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;</subfield>
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