n Mousaion - Information ecology as a framework for reconsidering information usage




The purpose of this research was to review possible benefit of information ecology concepts for information usage. Ecological change in information science is explained in line with other changes (cognitive, social, and contextual). The research expands an understanding of human information behaviour in the electronic environment with knowledge of information styles, relevance judgments, and academic repositories in the information ecology perspective.

Earlier empirical data based on users' surveys, interviews with PhD students and managers are synthesised. Information styles and relevance in traditional and electronic environments are compared. Concept mapping, with the use of CMaps, is applied to structure of topics in a textbook and in final theses. Ecological information usage, ecological relevance and ecological information literacy are determined. Ecological information usage represents concepts, visual thinking and implicit meanings. Two examples of concept maps as ecological tools for learning support and information literacy are mentioned. In conclusion implications for information literacy, learning, design of digital libraries, and personal information management are outlined.


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