Thursday, November 14, 2013

Information is for use -- thought for the day

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  • "If information - including conflicting views and sometimes even contradictory views - comes from every quarter, we are more likely to arrive at the truth out of that welter than if only one aspect of it was presented. The whole concept of freedom of information rests on this idea." Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, born this day, 14 November,  1889 in Freedom of Information (1962) quoted in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) (p. 281).
  • “Information is the only resource that grows, with use as it is sub-divided and spreads.” quoted in Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations Edited by Mohamed Taher and L S S R Valluri. Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) (p. 370).
  • "First and formost, freedom of exchange of ideas and results. The more free communication is
    hampered, the more inefficient the process of knowledge generation becomes. On a wall in the Delft
    library a slogan says: “Information is the only resource that grows with use.” Universities have known
    that for centuries already and modern knowledge management theories depart from there. Recently,
    MIT announced their Open Courseware project and decided to make public all their course material on
    the Internet. When I disussed this with Delft people, I only met twinkling eyes. Our scholars love the
    idea; in fact, they seemed to be somewhat jealous." Leo Waaijers, "Stratum continuum of Information: Scolarlycommunications and the role of university libraries" (Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences, 2001)

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