Mousaion - Volume 20, Issue 1, 2002
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Volume 20, Issue 1, 2002
Source: Mousaion 20, pp 7 –22 (2002)More Less
In this discussion based on the question about the future of the book, the traditional ontological conception of the book and the limitations that it imposes are highlighted. This notion is then replaced with 'an extended ontology of the book' necessitated by developments in the area of electronics. The result is richer and yields far more possibilities to authors and readers.
Author Archie L. DickSource: Mousaion 20, pp 23 –43 (2002)More Less
This article offers a critique of South Africa's information industry and Thabo Mbeki's idea of an African Renaissance. The article uses a theoretical perspective that identifies channel, content and context, and attempts to show how powerful interest groups use the idea for different purposes, how choices are made in the information industry, and how some of the real opportunities that an African Renaissance offer risk being overlooked.
Author M.P. MachetSource: Mousaion 20, pp 44 –72 (2002)More Less
In this article the findings of a pilot project on the reading interests and information use of South African children and young adults are discussed. This project is part of a greater study carried out by the Children's Literature Research Centre, Roehampton Institute in London, United Kingdom (UK), which examined what young people were reading at the end of the twentieth century and culminated in a report entitled 'Young People's reading at the end of the century' (1996). Following the success of the British-based study, researchers from Roehampton proposed that similar studies be conducted in other countries, such as South Africa. A pilot project was carried out in primary and secondary schools in Gauteng, South Africa. This article discusses the findings of this pilot project. The project surveyed a representative sample of over two thousand South African learners in the age group 10 to 16 in Grades 5 to 10 by means of a detailed questionnaire. The sample of learners takes into account variables such as different languages used in South Africa, gender, race and type of school attended (i.e. government-funded or private). Although there are limitations to this survey, it is still sufficiently large to enable one to come to some conclusions as to urban children's reading in South Africa.
Author Karin McGuirkSource: Mousaion 20, pp 73 –92 (2002)More Less
The major theme addressed in this article is Information Science as interscience and its contribution towards meaningful information. The debate on the distinction between basic and applied science is discussed to provide background to the challenges facing Information Science as an interscience. There is a relationship of power between knowledge and society, and it is therefore essential to consider the human factor when it comes to issues such as language, context and time. The role of aesthetics, meaning and understanding, and reason and unreason will be considered to illustrate how information scientists can absorb the challenges they pose to an interscience in the configuration of meaningful information. This meaningful information flows from digested knowledge that leads to action necessary for the successful implementation of knowledge.
Author Hester W.J. MeyerSource: Mousaion 20, pp 93 –108 (2002)More Less
There is an awareness among academics and researchers of the importance of information for development, but also concern that it is not acknowledged as a basic resource in development planning. To understand what role information can play in rural development, an overview is given of its characteristics to determine how well they comply with the requirements of rural development. The different attributes of information are identified and then compared with features of other resources needed for rural development. It is argued that knowledge of the attributes inherent in information will, to a large extent, determine the usefulness of information as a resource for rural development.
Author Madely Du PreezSource: Mousaion 20, pp 109 –122 (2002)More Less
This article provides guidelines on how to improve the accessibility of the Internet. Particular attention is given to indexing as a means to overcome Internet searching problems. The valuable contribution of traditional indexing is emphasised in the analysis of Web indexing processes and products available on the Internet. Meta tags are identified as important tools in Web indexing.
Source: Mousaion 20, pp 123 –145 (2002)More Less
It is a privilege to accede to the Mousaion Editorial Committee's request for a contribution about my intellectual interests. I should like to focus on the 'relationship to' and the 'relevance of' my intellectual interests in an Information Science department. Writing about the 'relationship to' is less demanding; writing about the 'relevance of' is more difficult.
Philosophia Bibliothecae Scientiae Servit, H J de Vleeschauwer en C S de Beer : enkele kriptiese aantekeninge : notes in briefAuthor J.D. GerickeSource: Mousaion 20, pp 146 –155 (2002)More Less
As the title of this contribution suggests, brief comments are made on the role of Profs de Vleeschauwer and de Beer in the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of South Africa. Although both graduated in philosophy, they were appointed heads of this department and taught the professional discipline. They made useful contributions to Library and Information Science by attempting to train and inform their students in critical scientific thought.