Why (on earth) this would be an infrastructure - or a boundary object?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 11/03/2020 - 14:27

A doctoral student asked me some time ago about one of my studies, why I am framing a method as an infrastructure (publisher's site). A good question, absolutely, and it is not necessarily that obvious. In that particular study the method was of course a method. At the same time, however, as I at least tried to discuss in the text, it was also a sort of a scaffold and infrastructure to produce a certain kind of documentation of an archaeological site.

What categories are significant? Do you choose your information sources because they are (non)-digital?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Fri, 10/30/2020 - 14:27

0100100101010101000In information studies like in all social research, there is plethora conventional categories that researchers and non-researchers alike have a tendency to consider -- and many more that are typically not addressed.

Information science should be amplifying contradictions, too

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Sun, 05/24/2020 - 01:21

Recently, I happened to stumble upon an interesting piece, written by Amanda Ripley already for a couple of years ago, on how journalists should start making a push to present the complexity of the matters they are reporting -- and stop trying to simplify everything to death. Extreme simplicity that has become the gold standard of how news stories and everything else is reported in the professional and social media alike needs to go away.

On the shifting grounds of archaeological information work

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Fri, 10/11/2019 - 19:28

On shifting grounds – the study of archaeological practices in a changing world conference gathered a good number of peopel on 3-5 October 2019 in Rethymnon, Crete. The conference was organised by COST Action Archaeological Practices and Knowledge Work in the Digital Environment (ARKWORK) in collaboration with the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete, and chaired by Åsa Berggren (Lund University), Antonia Davidovic (University of Heidelberg) and Theodora Moullou (University of Crete). I presented some preliminary theoretical considerations relating to the CAPTURE project in a talk titled "Where to find archaeological information work and how to CAPTURE it".

A session on paradata at CAA 2020 in Oxford

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Sun, 09/15/2019 - 01:49

Good news for everyone interested in paradata! At the forthcoming Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2020 conference in Oxford  held April 14-17, 2020, there will be a dedicated roundtable session on the topic. Detailed instructions for submissions and the official CAA call for papers will be coming out soon but as a sort of a teaser, a brief description of the session can be found below.

CAPTURE project on the Digital Humanities Uppsala Blog

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Mon, 08/19/2019 - 01:05

A short presentation of the CApturing Paradata for documenTing data creation and Use for the REsearch of the future (CAPTURE) research project was published in the Digital Humanities Uppsala Blog in July. CAPTURE has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement No 818210

CAPTURE is hiring 1-3 postdoctoral research associates in information studies

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 03/12/2019 - 15:23

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

Call for Papers POEM Opening Conference: Participatory Memory Practices: Connectivities, Empowerment, and Recognition of Cultural Heritages in Mediatized Memory Ecologies (DL Sept 15, 2018)

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:56

Diverging forces across European societies - most visible in both the contemporary nationalist movements and Islamist radicalization - place particular relevance on social and cultural inclusion. Culture may cultivate both integrative and disruptive forces; in this light heritage experts, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and other facilitators are seeking to establish inclusive memory politics for envisioning possible futures of how we should remember our past in Europe.

Differences between computer and social scientists and perceptions of data might more subtler than often thought

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Mon, 05/28/2018 - 10:32

I ended up in an interesting discussion together witha group of colleagues about the different perspectives to data and more generally, to the modus operandi in computer sciences and social and cultural sciences when I was recently participating as a panelist at the workshop What can be known from the web? Source criticism beyond bots, agents and trolls in social and cultural web research organised by prof.