Wolfgang G. Stock

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Wolfgang G. Stock (born November 5, 1953 in Osnabrück ) is a German information scientist .


Stock studied information science , philosophy , psychology and social science at the University of Düsseldorf and at the Ruhr University in Bochum from 1974 to 1979 . His dissertation on the empirical survey of information flows was supervised by Norbert Henrichs from the Düsseldorf study program Information Science. Between 1979 and 1981 he gained his first professional experience in the input editing department of the philosophy information system at Düsseldorf University, PHILIS. From 1981 he went to Graz and worked in Rudolf Haller's research center in setting up the database on Austrian philosophy. Until 1989 he was involved in several projects of the Austrian Fund for the Promotion of Scientific Research and the Society for Information and Documentation (GID) . Between 1985 and 1995 he gained experience in information practice. He worked at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich, where he headed the information and documentation work group. At the same time he worked for the European Economic Research and Advisory Consortium (ERECO) in Brussels. At the end of 1992 he completed his habilitation at the Karl Franzens University in Graz .

In 1995 he was offered a professorship for information science and philosophy of science at Cologne University of Applied Sciences . In 2003, he took over the chair of information science at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf as the successor to Norbert Henrichs. He headed the Department of Information Science until July 2019. In the winter semester 2019/20 he became visiting professor at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz .

His scientific work includes around 330 publications; Information retrieval, knowledge representation , informetrics and scientometrics , social media, information markets , information literacy and smart cities will be discussed . His most cited work is the Handbook of Information Science (2013) , written together with Mechtild Stock .

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