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Spring 5-22-2009


Information organized in any fashion needs to be understood, needs to be communicated in order to be useful.

Baudrillard’s views on consumers in and of a postmodern society are employed to describe the users (researchers) vis-à-vis interactions with the metadata described. Hyperreality leads naturally into Introna’s call for a personal relationship as the sine qua non of obligation. This, along with Wittgenstein’s notion of ambiguities in language (meaning) grounded in activities and practices, leads to an ethical level of practice.

A number of models are suggested to aid in communication and achieve obligation in information organization.


The paper on which the presentation was based is available for download.