‘So wide and varied’: The origins and character of British information science

  title={‘So wide and varied’: The origins and character of British information science},
  author={L. Robinson and D. Bawden},
  journal={Journal of Information Science},
  pages={754 - 763}
This paper examines some characteristics of the ‘British School’ of information science. Three main forces driving the development of the new subject in Britain are identified: the documentation movement; special libraries; and the need for better treatment of scientific and technical information. Five characteristics which, taken together, distinguish the early British approach to information science from those adopted elsewhere are identified: its subject-based nature; its broad approach to… Expand
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