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ETHICS IN KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION: an analysis of values and issues from the international literature in the area (1991-2010).

Grant number: 12/04934-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2012
Effective date (End): December 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Information Science - Library and Information Science
Principal researcher:José Augusto Chaves Guimarães
Grantee:Isadora Victorino Evangelista Geroto
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências (FFC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Marília. Marília , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Knowledge representation (KR) processes and tools are not neutral since they embed sets of values and problems. This situation can reflect on KR products and cause damage to certain user´s communities. In this sense, this project aims to enlarge and update the set of KR ethical values and problems presented by Guimarães et al. (2008) by means of the analysis of articles published in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, Ethics and Information Technology, Journal of Documentation, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Knowledge Organization, The Indexer, and the annals of International Society for Knowledge Organization between 1991 and 2010. For that, two conceptual fields were established: Ethical (ethical, ethos, deontology, values, conduct, moral) and Knowledge Representation (knowledge organization, knowledge representation, indexing, classification, subject cataloging, subject analysis, content analysis, abstracting, thesaurus e subject headings), whose terms will be searched in areas like title, subtitle, abstract and keywords of the articles. Once selected, the article will be thoroughly analyzed, to identify values and ethical problems regarding the knowledge representation. Then, will be performed a blbliometric study of networks, dialogue aimed at identifying the author, using the PAJEM software.

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