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Understanding Relations between Disciplines in the Information Field. A Multidimensional Approach


  • Dorte Madsen


The purpose of this paper is to explore the challenges of developing a shared conceptual framework for the Information Field, based on interdisciplinary theory. This paper argues that to study the Information Field, we need a multidimensional framework that includes disciplines and discipline-based assumptions. The paper makes a case for an analysis of disciplinary components and suggests a 3-dimensional matrix with material fields (information, technology, people) along a horizontal axis, analytic levels of disciplines along a vertical axis, and problems along a depth axis. The proposed model is an attempt to conceptualize some of the elements that should be included in a framework, and it represents a first step towards understanding and identifying the complex underpinnings of the relations between disciplines in the Information Field. The 3-dimensional matrix offers a lens through which to view the contributing disciplines.

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  • Dorte Madsen, 2014. "Understanding Relations between Disciplines in the Information Field. A Multidimensional Approach," International Journal of Social Science Studies, Redfame publishing, vol. 2(1), pages 175-188, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:rfa:journl:v:2:y:2014:i:1:p:175-188

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    interdisciplinarity; conceptual framework; information field; material fields; disciplinary components;

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    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General


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