Sender, Source

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Rosa Macarro Asensio rmacarro@unex.es
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general, communication theory  
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émetteur / source
 German Sender, Herausgeber / Quelle
 

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- The Linux Information Project, LINFO (2005). Information Definition. LINFO. [Online]. <http://www.linfo.org/information.html>. [Consulted: March 3th 2009].

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Rosa Macarro, (March 3th 2009)
 
The person or thing that sends; origin of any communicative or informational action.
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For some of us it is difficult to think of a definition of information which is not including a sender and a receiver, even though some, like The Linux Information Project, consider that those terms only belong in a narrow definition of information:

"A narrower, but more immediately useful, definition of information is a message that is communicated from a sender to a receiver. This is in contrast to noise, which can be defined as something that distorts or inhibits the flow of information. Along with assuming the existence of both a sender and a receiver, this definition ignores the idea of information as being something that can be extracted from an environment (e.g., through observation or measurement), and there is no assumption about the accuracy of the message."

I think it is normal if we cannot reach a final agreement about what a sender is when talking about information. If we needed a strict definition, it would end being something that only science could measure and many human communicative acts would have to be excluded. Many would refuse to include tea leaves as sender, even though others would affirm that the leaves are sending them information.

- The Linux Information Project, LINFO (2005). Information Definition. LINFO. [Online]. <http://www.linfo.org/information.html>. [Consulted: March 3th 2009].




 
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