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By Tammera M. Race, Stephann Makri

Accidental details Discovery: Cultivating Serendipity within the electronic Age offers readers with an attractive dialogue at the methods serendipity―defined because the unintentional discovery of valued information―plays a big function in inventive problem-solving.

This insightful source brings jointly discussions on serendipity and data discovery, examine in machine and data technological know-how, and engaging ideas at the artistic technique. 5 thorough chapters discover the importance of serendipity in creativity and innovation, the features of serendipity-friendly instruments and minds, and the way destiny discovery environments might inspire serendipity.

  • Examines serendipity in a multidisciplinary context
  • Bridges concept and practice
  • Explores electronic info landscapes of the long run with essays from present researchers
  • Brings the idea that of unintended discovery and its worth entrance and center

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While access to a vast amount of information can increase opportunities for accidental discovery, it can also be overwhelming—information-seekers can feel as though they are drowning in a sea of information. Personalized filtering can help reduce the information burden, but it can also reduce the opportunity for serendipity, by the very act of reducing the overall volume of available information. It can also reduce opportunities for serendipity by creating “filter bubbles” (Pariser, 2012) of information—delivering users with Making Room for Serendipity 21 information similar to their existing interests and therefore making it difficult for them to broaden their knowledge horizons.

Nutefall. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. 27 28 Accidental Information Discovery In this chapter, we provide hands-on advice to help faculty and librarians design courses, research assignments, and lessons that guide students to serendipitous research encounters. The goal is not to engineer serendipity, because to do so would “likely reduce the amount of chance and insight involved in the serendipitous discovery simply by helping to encourage it” (Makri, Toms, McCay-Peet, & Blandford, 2011, p.

213) 32 Accidental Information Discovery Carter analyzed outcome-based assessment measures developed by faculty in undergraduate programs across his university to understand the “ways-of-doing” in those disciplines and the corresponding writing genres in which those “ways-of-doing” manifest. He found some patterns across the university: some academic situations call for responses using empirical inquiry; others ask for problem-solving, others research from sources, and still others, performance (p.

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