Making meaning : a focus for information interactions research

Ruthven, Ian; (2019) Making meaning : a focus for information interactions research. In: CHIIR '19 Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. ACM, GBR, pp. 163-171. ISBN 9781450360258 (

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In this perspectives paper, I discuss meaning-making as an information seeking and interaction enterprise. I present meaning-making as a vital human reaction to significant life changes and present indicative evidence of how people go about gathering information for making meaning within their lives. I discuss some of the various forms of information that can be used for meaning-making, why it is an information seeking task that is different to those we are used to in information seeking research, and motivate meaning-making as a new focus for information seeking and information interactions research.


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