Analytical Information Horizon Maps

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Authors:

Isto Huvila

Source:

Library and Information Science Research, Volume 31, Number 1, p.18-28 (2009)

URL:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2008.06.005

Abstract:

Sonnenwald, D.H. (1999) introduced information horizons as a theoretical framework for information behavior. Later, she and her colleagues developed a data-gathering method based on information horizons theory and user-drawn information horizon maps. The method provides a good basis for in-depth discussions and complements interviewing as a way to gather data. Based on interview records of Finnish and Swedish archaeology professionals, researchers drew diagrams called "analytical information horizon maps" with the purpose of structuring, describing and analyzing typical information behaviors related to the work roles of the interviewed individuals. The findings indicate that the analytical information horizon maps provide a practicable and qualitatively valid means to visualize, communicate, and structure individual and shared patterns of use of the information resources and the organization of information activity.

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