On Information in Historical Sources

[ Track I-1 of this “blog”; see “read me first” for the description of tracks. ]

[ Warning: This is published as a blog; it obviously avoids the recommendation of restricting posts to 600 words or less. While I consider the form of a blog convenient to share developing ideas with some friends and colleagues as they arise, I do not follow the blogging spirit. This is effectively a series of lightly written papers. ]

1. Information in general

We live in the information age; nevertheless, when you ask what “information” is, the answers you get are so far apart, that it might have a good chance for the least defined term of the decade. So, if one embarks upon a study of what is different between the kind of information one encounters in contemporary documents and that which is used for historical research, one has to give a definition, or at least a description, of how one understands the term.

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