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Information and Knowledge Needs of Artisans in a Knowledge Society: A Case Study of Willow-Works Artisans in India

Information and Knowledge Needs of Artisans in a Knowledge Society: A Case Study of Willow-Works Artisans in India
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Author(s): Showkat Ahmad Wani (DLIS, University of Kashmir, India)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 22
Source title: Developing Knowledge Societies for Distinct Country Contexts
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Nuno Vasco Lopes (University of Minho, Portugal) and Rehema Baguma (Makerere University, Uganda)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8873-3.ch007

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Abstract

The chapter demonstrates the concept of information, knowledge, and the knowledge society. Stress was given to highlight the information and knowledge needs of artisans, problems faced by them, and how they can achieve socio-economic development in a knowledge society. The particular ascent was given to highlight the perceptions and beliefs of willow-works artisans of district Ganderbal, India. The sample of 100 artisans was surveyed and it was founded that majority of them are between the age group of 20-40 years; 63% among them are educated (ranging from 5th–PG above), and there are both genders which practice willow-works, but the majority of them are males. Their tenet is that knowledge can change their standard of living, if there are provisions in knowledge society for creating and disseminating the new knowledge among these artisans pertinent to technology, scientific cultivation of raw materials, marketing, availability of new markets, and potential exploitation by entrepreneurs.

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