Preface. 1. The Context of Interdisciplinary Science. 2. Information Accumulation. 3. Conditions of Boundary Crossing Research. 4. Accommodating Interdisciplinary Research. 5. Conclusion. Appendix. References. Name Index. Subject Index.
Interdisciplinary inquiry has become more pervasive in recent decades, yet we still know little about the conduct of this type of research or the information problems associated with it. This book is one of few empirical studies of interdisciplinary knowledge practices. It examines how interdisciplinary scientists discover and exchange information and knowledge, highlighting how the boundaries between disciplines affect how information is used and how knowledge is constructed. It is written for scholars and practitioners with an interest in developing information systems and research environments to foster innovative scientific work. Target groups include researchers in information science, science studies, communication, as well as research administrators and information professionals.