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

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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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2015.02.004
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Unearthing farmers' information seeking contexts and challenges in digital, local and industry environments

ERA Journal ID39757
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorStarasts, Ann
Journal TitleLibrary and Information Science Research
Journal Citation37 (2), pp. 156-163
Number of Pages8
Year2015
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0740-8188
1873-1848
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2015.02.004
Web Address (URL)http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0740818815000298
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.

Keywordsinformation seeking; agricultural information; farmers’ learning; rural information and communications technology
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020300208. Farm management, rural management and agribusiness
461002. Human information behaviour
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Byline AffiliationsAustralian Digital Futures Institute
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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