In this paper I propose the concept of resonance as a useful one for describing what it means to experience relevance. Based on an extensive inter-disciplinary review, I provide a novel framework that presents resonance as a spectrum of experience with a multitude of outcomes ranging from a sense of harmony and coherence to life transformation. I argue that resonance has different properties to the more traditional interpretation of relevance and provides a better system of explanation of what it means to experience relevance. I show how traditional approaches to relevance and resonance work in a complementary fashion and outline how resonance may present distinct new lines of research into relevance theory.
|Journal||Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology|
|Early online date||23 Oct 2020|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 23 Oct 2020|
- information use
- information assessment
- information retrieval
- information seeking behaviour