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Stage III: Acquiring

Supposing that the article created and disseminated in the previous stages contains information that is of interest to a prospective receiver, that receiver first has to acquire the signal in which the entire article, or the relevant part of it, is encoded.

(11) In this stage, the first activity involves locating relevant information, which implies a selection process.2.10 Relevant information can be found in two ways: by scanning or browsing , and by searching . When browsing, the receiver navigates through (selected) sources, trying to encounter interesting information he was previously unaware of. Using this method, the browsing scientist locates information by recognising it as relevant.2.11 The searcher specifies in advance the characteristics of (potentially) relevant information. For both searching and browsing, both the contents of articles and the `meta-information', i.e. the information about the articles, can be used.2.12 (12) After locating the relevant information, the prospective receiver has to retrieve the `signal' (e.g. the computer file).