Making meaning: a focus for information interactions research

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In this perspectives paper, I discuss meaning-making as an information seeking and interaction enterprise. I present meaning-making as a vital human reaction to significant life changes and present indicative evidence of how people go about gathering information for making meaning within their lives. I discuss some of the various forms of information that can be used for meaning-making, why it is an information seeking task that is different to those we are used to in information seeking research, and motivate meaning-making as a new focus for information seeking and information interactions research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHIIR '19 Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2019
EventACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval 2019 - The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Mar 201914 Mar 2019


ConferenceACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval 2019
Abbreviated titleCHIIR 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • information seeking
  • information use
  • meaning-making

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