In the September + October issue of interactions, three junior faculty members at the University of Washington School of Information (iSchool)Jacob Wobbrock, Andrew Ko, and Julie Kientzproposed a definition for what we study in iSchools, one that, interestingly, omits the word "information." They characterized iSchools as "the place where people and technology meet." In their thought-provoking article, they also provide criteria for successful iSchools that include: They must value both analysis and invention. They must enable different disciplinary perspectives and methodologies to reinforce one another in research. They must be places where rules and policies are minimal. Near the…
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