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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Informing Science: The International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline “publishes articles that provide insights into the nature, function and design of systems that inform clients.” The journal website states that the fields of information systems, library science, and journalism in all its forms “developed independently and have been researched in separate disciplines” but that these fields “are evolving to form a new transdiscipline, Informing Science.” According to the site, Informing Science “endeavors to provide an understanding of the complexities in informing clientele.”
Articles from the latest issue available, Volume 19, 2016, include the following: “Building an Informing Business School: A Case Study of USF’s Muma College of Business,” “Warranty of Misinforming as an Option in Product Utilization Process,” “Alternatives for Pragmatic Responses to Group Work Problems,” “Organizational Creativity and IT-based Support,” “KnoWare: A System for Citizen-based Environmental Monitoring,” “Entry Level Systems Analysts: What Does the Industry Want?,” “Effectiveness of Agile Implementation Methods in Business Intelligence Projects from an End-user Perspective,” and “Genetic-linked Inattentiveness Protects Individuals from Internet Overuse: A Genetic Study of Internet Overuse Evaluating Hypotheses Based on Addiction, Inattention, Novelty-seeking and Harm-avoidance.” Previous issues offer the articles, “Risk of Misinforming and Message Customization in Customer Related Management,” “Case Study of a Complex Informing System: Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX),” “Methodological Approaches for Researching Complex Organizational Phenomena,” and “Global Agile Team Design: An Informing Science Perspective,” among many others.
Based on the available material it is not clear that “informing science” is actually a transdisciplinary subject, but rather an amalgam of related – and not so related – subjects combined under an ambiguously-expressed rubric.