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Dr. Mohindar Partap Satija: “Information: Nature, Importance and Functions” (IOrg Colloquium, Oct. 3, 2013)

Written on 09/30/2013. Filed under Events.

Dr. Mohindar Partap Satija, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India will visit SOIS October 1-4 as a guest of IOrg.

On Thursday, October 3, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, NWQ 3511, Dr. Satija will present a colloquium: “Information: Nature, Importance and Functions.”

Abstract: States information is all around us. Next to matter and energy it is the most important and common entity in this world. It moves the world. Being a much over used term it is least understood and there is no consensual definition of it. But its properties are numerous and well recognized. It keeps moving a system be it bio, astro, social or mechanical. For an animal it is the product of being conscious. It is formed through sense perception in the brain but needs a physical media for its recording and communication. It is recorded as graphic visuals or electrical pulses or electromagnetic waves both in audio and visual forms. Enumerates its various physical, economic, political and social properties and functions. Information has become a great and inexhaustible resource in national development. To live effectively is to live with authentic and adequate information. But it needs knowledge for its effective application. Without knowledge information may be all heat and smoke without any light. States information literacy is instrumental in empowering citizens in this complex and sophisticated social world.

Dr. Satija is Professor and Emeritus Fellow, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India. He is the author of DDC: A Practical Guide, 2nd ed., (OCLC) A Dictionary of Knowledge Organization (Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India), and Manual of Practical of Colon Classification, 4th ed. (New Delhi: Concept Publishing, 2002). For the last two decades, he has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Knowledge Organization. Recently, he has been appointed member of the Advisory Board of the UDC Consortium (the Hague).