What is seminal?

seminal meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

From the Latin word for “seed.” An idea or work so original when first expressed, composed, created, released, or published that it has considerable influence on the thought and work of contemporaries and on succeeding generations of writers, scholars, or artists who may give it further development in their own works. In fiction, a seminal work may give rise to a new genre or subgenre–a prime example is Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences (1965), the work that established the nonfiction novel as a genre. Click here to see a copy of The Virginian, A Horseman of the Plains (1902) by Owen Wister, the novel that established many of the conventions of the western.


reference: ABC-CLIO