Internet Genres

Authored by: Kevin Crowston

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ELIS4-120043520

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Abstract

Rhetoricians since Aristotle have attempted to classify communications or documents into categories or “genres” with similar form, topic, or purpose. This entry surveys research on genre as it relates to Internet documents. The entry briefly presents the concept of genre in general, and then reviews the evolution and emergence of genres on the Internet. It concludes with an examination of the possible use of genre for improving information access on the Internet, with specific discussion of the issues in developing taxonomies of genre and automatically recognizing document genre.

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