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28 classification schemes of Information Science

The field of Information Science is constantly changing. Therefore, information scientists are required to regularly review - and if necessary - redefine its fundamental building blocks. This article is one of a group of four articles, which resulted from a Critical Delphi study conducted in 2003-2005 (Zins, 2007a, 2007b, 2007c). The study, Knowledge Map of Information Science, was aimed at exploring the foundations of information science. The international panel was composed of 57 leading scholars from 16 countries who represent nearly all the major subfields and important aspects of the field. This particular article documents 28 classification schemes of Information Science that were compiled by leading scholars in the academic community. This unique collection of 28 classification schemes portrays and documents the profile of contemporary Information Science at the beginning of the 21st century..

Classification Schemes

Twenty eight panel members contributed their schemes and reflections. Let them speak:

 Prof. Aldo de Albuquerque Barreto, Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology, Brazil
 Prof. Shifra Baruchson–Arbib, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Prof. Clare Beghtol, University of Toronto, Canada
 Prof. Maria Teresa Biagetti, University of Rome 1, Italy 
Manfred Bundschuh, University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany
Dr. Paola Capitani, Working Group Semantic Web, Italy
Prof. Rafael Capurro, Udddniversity of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany
Prof. Thomas A. Childers, Drexel University, USA
Prof. Charles H. Davis, Indiana University, USA
Prof. Anthony Debons, University of Pittsburgh, USA 
Prof. Nicolae Dragulanescu, Polytechnics University of Bucharest, Romania
Prof. Hamid Ekbia, University of Redlands, USA 
Alan Gilchrist, Cura Consortium and TFPL, UK
Prof. Glynn Harmon, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Dr. Donald Hawkins, Information Today, USA
Ken Herold, Hamilton College, USA
Prof. Birger Hjorland, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark
Michal Lorenz, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
Prof. Ia McIlwaine, University College London, UK
Prof. Michel J. Menou, Knowledge and ICT management consultant, France
Prof. Haidar Moukdad, Dalhousie University, Canada
Dennis Nicholson, Strathclyde University, UK
Prof. Lena Vania Pinheiro, Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology, Brazil
Prof. Maria Pinto, University of Granada, Spain 
Prof. Richard Smiraglia, Long Island University, USA 
Prof. Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee, USA
Dr. Joanne Twining,, a virtual information consultancy, USA
Prof. Irene Wormell, Swedish School of Library and Information Science in Borås, Sweden
All the 28 schemes

28 classification schemes of the field. How do you classify the field?
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