Looking for the Identity of Information Science in the Age of Big Data, Computing Clouds and Social Networks

In this paper we discuss, under a critical point of view, the current Information Science landscape and some future prospects regarding contemporary information phenomena. We present thoughts about the process of thematic deflation of Information Science, through the analysis of the research objects currently under development in this field. In addition to this, we look at the process of absorption of these and other relevant objects in distinguished knowledge fields. We seek to challenge the emphasis and the volume of interdisciplinary research within the field, and present some comments about what might be the results of such processes for the future of Information Science. Subsequently, we analyze the impact in the Information Science field due to phenomena like information boom, the consolidation of the social networks as interactive spaces, cloud computing, as well as other key elements.

Keywords: Information Science. Epistemology. Interdisciplinary Studies. Information Technology.

This work is partially supported by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG), Governo do Estado de Minas Gerais, Brazil, Rua Raul Pompéia, nº101 – São Pedro, Belo Horizonte, MG, 30.330-080, Brazil.

Information Science: Interdisciplinary Aspects and Cross-Disciplinary Fertilisation
Location: Lecture Hall Aula Magna Date: May 19, 2015 Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 am 1 Mauricio Barcellos Almeida Renato3 Renato Rocha Souza Renata Renata Baracho Porto