Information as Ontologization

UPDATE: Published in Early View. I received notification this morning that my manuscript, Information as Ontologization has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Abstract: The traditional view of data, information and knowledge as a hierarchy fosters an understanding of information as an independent entity with […]


From Brier, S. (2008) Cybersemiotics, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, p. 12: …we can see that inquiry is never disinterested. As Popper and Peirce point out, it is usually an answer to questions or problems. Truth is not merely socially determined, so it seems that the questions of what, how, and why are always intertwined. […]

What Is Philosophy of Information?

Philosophy of Information (PI) is “the new philosophical field concerned with (a) the critical investigation of the conceptual nature and basic principles of information, including its dynamics, utilisation and sciences; and (b) the elaboration and application of information-theoretic and computational methodologies to philosophical problems.” (Floridi, 2011, p. 46). PI is a phenomenology like philosophy of […]

About my dissertation…

My dissertation research, which I successfully defended a couple weeks ago, focused on the question of semantic interoperability among sociotechnical systems—how a meaningful exchange of information can be accomplished across human cultural and technological boundaries using tags in folksonomies. Folksonomies reflect the cognitive schemas of dominant cultures when they are aggregated. The minority cultural voices […]

Wordle: The Ontology of Tags

Below is a Wordle of a paper that I’m presenting at the iConference in a few weeks: The paper offers up an ontology of tags based in Heideggerian phenomenology and schema theory. It critiques the view that social bookmarking sites are a type of collaborative effort among users and illustrates that collective is often mistaken […]

Wordle of a Paper

Below is a Wordle of a paper that I’m presenting at NA-CAP@IU 2009 next month: The paper talks about semantic network representations as emergent cultural entities that are ontologically connected to larger cultural landscapes. I explore semantic networks from a Heideggerian existentialist and phenomenological perspective. I invoke cultural schema theory to bridge the syntactic and […]