(The following is a first draft at an abstract describing the research focus)
When a person is presented with an information resource, one of the very first things that they do is begin to understand the information and draw conclusions based on the information that the resource provides. But what about the information the person expects to see, but is absent? Often, what is missing can give us many additional hints to the sophistication of the information resource author, the audience for which the information was intended, or even evidence of deceit. This paper attempts to describe a framework for how lacking a piece of information can itself be an important piece of information. We will attempt to demonstrate how missing information interplays with the purpose and context of the information consumer, and the utility to the information consumer of identifying what is missing.