Information shaping

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In this article, I explore the relationships between how humans have evolved to interact with the material world and how we interact with our information worlds. I argue that shaping processes, exemplified by how early humans created stone tools, are core ways to interact with the world that are appropriated to interact with information to create information solutions. To test these claims, I examine existing studies of information use from a shaping perspective. I finish by discussing how this evolutionary perspective to information use can benefit discussions of information behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-482
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number4
Early online date16 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jan 2024


  • information behaviour
  • information practices
  • evolution
  • information use


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