Towards a creativity research agenda in information ethics

Johnstone, Justine (2007) Towards a creativity research agenda in information ethics. International Review of Information Ethics, 7. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1614-1687

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The value for human wellbeing and social development of information and its associated tools and technologies is no longer controversial. While still less well-endowed than other regions, Africa has growing numbers of print and electronic journals, funding programmes, and researcher and practitioner networks concerned with the generation and use of information in multiple domains. Most of this activity focuses on information as a knowledge resource, providing the factual basis for policy and intervention. By contrast more creative applications of information – as the basis for new ideas whether or not they turn out to be factual – has been almost entirely ignored. Being able to generate and develop new ideas is, however, an equally important and arguably a prior capability, but until recently one that has been little understood. Recent advances in cognitive science and creativity research are changing this, however, and it is now possible to see how a rich research agenda can be developed concerned with the role of information and information and communication technology (ICT) as creative resources.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This web-based paper draws on cognitive linguistics in adopting the approach of `conceptual blending¿. THis theory is used to appraise creativity in African development towards the information society. The applications of the approach indicate a role for information in generating ideas and framing problems as well as communication etc.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Justine Johnstone
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:38
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 07:55
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