Information attributes

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In this chapter, we focus on the concept of information attributes. Information attributes are the properties of information and information objects that can be used to describe and differentiate information. Being able to differentiate information objects means we can select the most appropriate objects for our tasks and we can design information systems to organise and store information in useful ways. We start by providing a discussion on why being able to describe properties of information objects is important, and then we provide a description of essential concepts in this area to provide a theoretical background to information attributes. Following this, we highlight a selection of key information attributes to give a flavour of the kind of studies that have been conducted in this area before concluding with current trends in this research area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation at Work
Subtitle of host publicationInformation Management in the Workplace
EditorsKatriina Byström, Jannica Heinström, Ian Ruthven
Place of PublicationLondon
StatePublished - 30 Nov 2018

    Research areas

  • information management, information retrieval, information attributes

Bibliographical note

This is a preprint of a chapter accepted for publication by Facet Publishing. This extract has been taken from the author’s original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in Ruthven, Ian ; Pennington, Diane. / Information attributes. Information at Work: Information Management in the Workplace. editor / Katriina Byström ; Jannica Heinström ; Ian Ruthven. London : Facet Publishing, 2018; ISBN: 9781783302758. which can be purchased from The author agrees not to update the preprint or replace it with the published version of the chapter. Our titles have wide appeal across the UK and internationally and we are keen to see our authors content translated into foreign languages and welcome requests from publishers. World rights for translation are available for many of our titles. To date our books have been translated into over 25 languages.

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