- Series: History and Foundations of Information Science
- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (September 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262028212
- ISBN-13: 978-0262028219
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Indexing It All: The Subject in the Age of Documentation, Information, and Data (History and Foundations of Information Science) 1st Edition
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What is information, what is its power, and what are the sources of that power? Tracing the historical emergence of what he dubs the 'modern documentary tradition,' Ronald Day opens up an examination of the ways that information comes to be seen as standing for or even substituting for a world of human relations. In domains as disparate as android robotics and data mining, this powerful and thought-provoking analysis raises questions of tremendous significance both for scholars and society at large.(Paul Dourish, Professor of Informatics, University of California, Irvine; author of Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing)
Tracing the historical transformation of documentation to information, and information to data, Ronald Day reveals how the cultural relationship between people and documents has been overtaken by a data-driven view of people as documents. Indexing It All is an incisive challenge to information science from one of the field's best thinkers.(Leah A. Lievrouw, Professor of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles)
Indexing It All recasts our understanding of the information age. Day lays bare the ways in which documentation work and algorithms, by indexing it all, increasingly reify our understanding of the written word and our lived experience. His is a necessary and eloquent critique.(Joseph T. Tennis, Associate Professor, Information School, University of Washington, Seattle)
This supremely ambitious and questing text is without doubt dense, yet it is bracing and clearsighted, and a most welcome corrective to the wearisome distrust of theorizing and philosophy encountered too often amongst information professionals.(Library & Information History)
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Ronald E. Day is Associate Professor in the Department of Information and Library Science in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington.
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According to Day an index mediates our relationship to documents as part of the dialog we have with the text. How texts are organized and accessed, either through a catalog system or a search engine affects both our understanding and our assessment of relevance and suitability. Eventually the metadata becomes more important that the content itself. Authors and works are assessed by reference counts and repetition of phrases in the summaries results in a gestalt or accepted reasoning. Ironically your impression of Day's book, should you choose not to read it, may be limited to my review. Per Hayles analysis, the infoglut of the Internet makes surface level skimming the dominant form of understanding and deep reading a time intensive luxury. As such our views of the world are shaped by the unseen hand of algorithms, classification systems and group consensus. Where this becomes disruptive and intrusive when the software transforms itself from a passive tool to an active one, thrusting unwanted ads and suggestions our screens in an attempt to compel our intention.
It's a pretty good book. I hope it gets more attention.