An empirical investigation of the obsolescence rate for information systems literature
Cunningham, S. J. (1995) An empirical investigation of the obsolescence rate for information systems literature. (Working paper 95/16). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Department of Computer Science.
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A synchronous study has been performed on four years of the International Conference on Information systems (ICIS) proceedings, to determine the obsolescence rate for the field of information systems (as reflected in the sub-topics covered by the ICIS conference). IS is found to have a relatively high obsolescence rate, similar to that of fields in engineering and the technology-dependent "hard" sciences. In addition, this study provides a categorization of the types of documents referenced by IS research, and presents an analysis of the obsolescence rate for these types. This type of categorization permits a finer-grained examination of patterns of information dissemination and use.
University of Waikato, Department of Computer Science
- 1995 Working Papers