From the Oxford English Dictionary: Remote sensing is the automatic acquisition of information about the surface of the earth or another planet from a (great) distance, as carried out from satellites and high-flying aircraft. According to the OED, the term remote sensing first entered the English vocabulary in 1962 in the Proceedings of the 1st Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment.
From Access Science: Remote sensing deals with the gathering and recording of information on many types of natural phenomena from a distance.
Information literacy is defined briefly as the ability to find relevant information for a particular situation or problem, and to interpret that information effectively.
Source: "information literacy." Dictionary of Information and Library Management. London: A&C Black, 2006. Credo Reference. Web. 31 May 2012.
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information literacy standards for science summarized
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Science and Technology Section (STS) in their Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology states this definition:
"Information literacy in science, engineering, and technology disciplines is defined as a set of abilities to identify the need for information, procure the information, evaluate the information and subsequently revise the strategy for obtaining the information, to use the information and to use it in an ethical and legal manner, and to engage in lifelong learning."
Summary of information literacy standards for science and engineering/technology:
- Determine the nature and extent of the information needed
- Acquire needed information effectively and efficiently
- Critically evaluate the procured information and modify the initial query as needed
- Understand the economic, ethical, legal, and social issues around the use of information
- Understand acquiring information is an ongoing process
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