Unearthing farmers' information seeking contexts and challenges in digital, local and industry environments

Starasts, Ann (2015) Unearthing farmers' information seeking contexts and challenges in digital, local and industry environments. Library and Information Science Research, 37 (2). pp. 156-163. ISSN 0740-8188

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Abstract

The information seeking contexts of Australian grain and cotton growers were explored as they undertook self-directed
learning to make farming system changes. This investigation provided insights into information seeking and what constitutes ‘information’ that supported learning. Growers' information seeking contexts were individual, personalised, situated within experiential practices, bounded by locales, and facilitated by social practices. Farmers are agents who must personalise both information content and processes to produce relevant meanings and to progress their own learning agendas and pathways. Information seeking in online, local, and industry environments highlighted differences between available content and farmers' individual information needs. Information and communications
systems that facilitate and empower individual farmer knowledge processes and onfarm outcomes are a necessary strategy of agricultural development.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to submitted version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 04:53
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2016 00:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: information seeking; agricultural information; farmers’ learning; rural information and communications technology
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8205 Winter Grains and Oilseeds > 820599 Winter Grains and Oilseeds not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8204 Summer Grains and Oilseeds > 820499 Summer Grains and Oilseeds not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2015.02.004
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28378

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