Isto Huvila's blog

Where the things come from we learn at museums?

My article "How a Museum Knows? Structures, Work Roles, and Infrastructures of Information Work" on information work at museum(s) was recently published in JASIST. The idea and interest to the study is undoubtedly related to that I was at a time working at a museum, but also to my general interest in understanding where the information at an information institution comes from.

Sorting the metaverse out and how metaverse is sorting us out

A new book chapter "Sorting the metaverse out and how metaverse is sorting us out" I wrote on how virtual worlds and metaverse are organising us, is out in the The Immersive Internet: Reflections on the Entangling of the Virtual with Society, Politics and the Economy (Palgrave-MacMillan 2013) edited by Dominic Power (Uppsala University) and Robin Teigland (Stockholm School of Economics).

Archaeological 3D documentation, modelling, reconstructions and analysis in Dec 2013 in Lund

ARKDIS project organises in association with the Swedish chapter (CAA-SE) of the international Computer applications and quantitative methods in archaeology (CAA) organisation and Lund Humanities Lab an international conference/workshop in Lund in December 2-4, 2013.

On the evaluation of sites and monuments - and information

Evaluation, valorisation, appraisal and related judgments of archaeological and other sites and monuments is a tricky question. The Finnish National Board of Antiquities and Archaeology, University of Helsinki organises right now a two day workshop on the topic in Helsinki.

Archiving and archaeological archives

The Swedish partner of the ARCHES project, the Swedish National Heritage Board (RAÄ) organised today a workshop on archaeological archives and archiving in Stockholm. The workshop gathered 25'ish participants from the heritage board, National Historical Museums, county administrations and museums and universities -- in the last group me and a colleague from Umeå.

PhD student position in ARKDIS research project

 Open PhD student position in ARKDIS research project at the Department of ALM (Archival Science, Library and Information Science, Museology and Cultural Heritage Studies), Uppsala University. Application no later than 2013-04-30. UFV-PA 2013/800. Starting date August 1, 2013 at the earliest, latest on January 1, 2014.

Research on Archaeological information in the digital society (ARKDIS)

 Digitisation of archaeological information and cultural heritage assets has been one of the cornerstones of the digital society debate. However, at the same time when nations have made considerable investments in the digitalisation of archaeological heritage, we know very little about its implications to the usability of archaeological information for different stakeholder groups from citizens to researchers, museum professionals, landowners and property developers.

New book: Information Services and Digital Literacy In search of the boundaries of knowing

My new book Information Services and Digital Literacy: In search of the boundaries of knowing is out, published by Chandos.

From blurb: "Despite new technologies, people do not always find information with ease. Do people still need help in finding the information they need, and if so, why? What can be made easier with new tools and techniques? 

Brave new methods

This year's SIG USE research symposium at ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2012 in Baltimore raised a number of interesting questions on the methods and approaches of information behaviour (needs, use, practices etc.) research. One, is of course precisely that.

Playability for archaeology

Erik Champion from Aarhus made a good point by stating that the three threats of archaeological information are storage, dirability and playability in his keynote at the 3rd U21 Digital Humanities Workshop in Lund earlier this week. The observation is well in line with the earlier suggestions that the best way to ensure the preservation of a particular data set is to see that it is being used.

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Information Services and Digital Literacy provides an alternative perspective for understanding information services and digital literacy, and argues that a central problem in the age of the social web and the culture of participation is that we do not know the premises of how we know, and how ways of interacting with information affect our actions and their outcomes.

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Taking Health Information Behaviour into Account: implications of a neglected element for success- ful implementation of consumer health technologies on older adults (HIBA) is an Academy of Finland funded research project at Åbo Akademi University.

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ARKDIS project maps the implications and opportunities of the digitalisation of information and information work in the domain of archaeology and to develop and evaluate conceptual and practical methods and procedures for enhancing archaeological information work in the digitalised environment.

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