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, New York, NY, pp. 163-171. ISBN 9781450360258

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    Abstract

    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.