What is Your Relationship with Your Information Space?

  • John Vince
  • Rae Earnshaw
Conference paper


This invited paper describes a vision for a fundamentally new approach to finding the unexpected and verifying the expected in massive information spaces. Rather than communicate with our information spaces using abstractions, our relationship and interaction with our information spaces are that of a master to its slave. Today, we specify searches and our information resources respond to our specifically worded queries. However, when dealing with massive information spaces, determining how to construct the queries themselves is daunting. Instead, we argue that the information spaces themselves must be given sufficient latitude to support a human-information discourse, by (1) developing its own initiative and thereby supporting a more equal communication style, (2) presenting information within a context that can itself be relied upon as an artifact of communication, (3) while creating a two way dialogue for query and thought refinement. We will motivate the change from human-computer interaction into human-information interaction, discuss higher order interactions with information spaces, and address the technical challenges in achieving this vision.


Information Resource Massive Data Digital Medium Information Space High Order Interaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Vince
    • 1
  • Rae Earnshaw
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Media, Arts and CommunicationBournemouth UniversityPoole
  2. 2.Department of Electronic Imaging and Media CommunicationsUniversity of BradfordBradford

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