SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

The social science that I selected for this week’s assignment is Information Science.  My field of study at Walden University is Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a specialization in Management Information Systems (MIS).  MIS falls under the wide umbrella of science known as Information Science (Borko,1968), as quoted by Bates (1999), states that, “Information science is that discipline that investigates the properties and behavior of information, the forces governing the flow of information, and the means of processing information for optimum accessibility and usability. It is concerned with that body of knowledge relating to the origination, collection, organization, storage, retrieval, interpretation, transmission, transformation, and utilization of information.  It has both a pure science component, which inquires into the subject without regard to its application, and an applied science component, which develops services and products (p.1).”

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