Discipline formation in information management: case study of scientific and technological information services

Middleton, Michael R. (2005) Discipline formation in information management: case study of scientific and technological information services. Journal of Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 2, pp. 543-558.


Discipline formation in information management is investigated through a case study of the origi-nation and development of information services for scientific and technical information in Australia. Particular reference is made to a case of AESIS, a national geoscience, minerals and petroleum reference database coordinated by the Australian Mineral Foundation. This study pro-vided a model for consideration of similar services and their contribution to the discipline. The perspective adopted is to consider information management at operational, analytical and strate-gic levels. Political and financial influences are considered along with analysis of scope, perform-ance and quality control. Factors that influenced the creation, transitions, and abeyance of the service are examined, and some conclusions are drawn about an information management disci-pline being exemplified by such services.

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ID Code: 1433
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Discipline formation, Information services, Information management, Australia, Scientific information, Bibliographic databases
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Information Retrieval and Web Search (080704)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified (160599)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Informing Science
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 06 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:11

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