information science


Definition of information science

: the collection, classification, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of recorded knowledge treated both as a pure and as an applied science

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Her capstone for her master’s degree in information science at the University of North Carolina used Jeopardy! clues to assess how wording and length in trivia questions could impact their difficulty. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Who Is Emma Boettcher? Meet the Strategic Librarian Who Dethroned Jeopardy! Champ James Holzhauer," 4 June 2019 The 27-year-old Boettcher joined the famed Chicago school in August, 2016, after getting her master's degree in information science at UNC and bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University. David K. Li, NBC News, "New 'Jeopardy!' champ Emma Boettcher is suddenly one of America's most famous librarians," 4 June 2019 Kramer and her husband gave the naming gift for JCU’s accountancy and information sciences school. Emily Bamforth,, "John Carroll University board of directors gets 7 new members, new chair," 3 June 2019 Some universities offer such programs in their information science, law or philosophy departments. Natasha Singer, New York Times, "Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It," 12 Feb. 2018 Combined, computer and information sciences and engineering accounted for just 9% of the 1.92 million bachelor’s degrees awarded in 2016, according to the Education Department. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Too Many Jobs, Not Enough Talent Spurs Amazon to Split HQ2," 5 Nov. 2018 The new Boler College establishes an accounting and information science school, as well as a school dedicated to leadership and social innovation. Emily Bamforth,, "Hiram College would cut 6 faculty positions, eliminate majors, under recommendations," 15 May 2018 Adding more excitement to an already thrilling week, Wisconsin residents Kelsey, 29, and Brad, 30, took vows just two days after Kelsey graduated with a degree in information science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. San Francisco Chronicle, "Rakhi Patel & Heren Patel,," 2 June 2018 The nascent area of quantum information science presents a special opportunity for U.S. leadership. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Senators question nominees for DOE's science and clean-energy research wings," 27 June 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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