Seeking creativity: A case study on information problem solving in professional music

Iwan Wopereis, Egbert Derix

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    This study explored the information problem solving behavior of a professional jazz musician during creative work. It aimed at revealing information seeking activities necessary to execute present-day musical projects. A single case was studied in depth. First, a narrative interview was conducted to reveal project phases and corresponding information seeking behavior. Second, hereupon a semi-structured interview was taken to identify information seeking activities per phase. Results indicate that the musician deliberately searched for musical information especially in the first project phases. The internet was used as main source. Both data and goal driven strategies were applied, of which the latter were relatively scarce. This means that in this case the musician sporadically searched information based on a contemplated search plan. Future research should aim at generalizing findings. It should further validate the underlying analytical framework that proved to be useful for describing and categorizing musical information seeking behavior.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInformation Literacy: Key to an Inclusive Society
    EditorsSerap Kurbanoğlu, Joumana Boustany, Sonja Špiranec, Esther Grassian, Diane Mizrachi, Loriene Roy, Tolga Çakmak
    Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-52162-6
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-52161-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Publication series

    SeriesCommunications in Computer and Information Science


    • information problem solving
    • information seeking
    • creativity
    • music


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