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Proceedings of the ISSOME 2011 conference are out now

 The proceedings of the International Conference Information Science and Social Media ISSOME 2011 have been published at http://issuu.com/informationsvetenskap/docs/issome2011 and are available also for download here on my website

Midnight to Noon Conference for Second Life Educators and Researchers M2N4SL

Come and join us at the Midnight to Noon Conference for Second Life Educators and Researchers M2N4SL on EduFinland III island on October 27, 2011 from midnight (PDT) onwards. More information and programme at http://m2n4sl.library2pointoh.fi/

Information ecology and ecology of information

I was kindly invited to contribute to the Information ecology and libraries conference in Bratislava, an event I am currently participating. Considering my history, it is not very surprising that I find the notion of information ecology enticing and useful in explicating patterns of information interactions as a contextual and temporal phenomenon.

The politics of boundary objects: Hegemonic interventions and the making of a document

"Boundary objects are artifacts that reside in the interface between communities and are capable of bridging assumed and experienced differences. Bridging is not, however, necessarily a neutral or a consensual activity. With an emphasis on documents, the present article discusses the politics of boundary objects by analyzing the role of archaeological reports at boundaries between communities with conflicting interests.

What is a participatory archive? For real(?)

Kate Theimer (ArchivesNext) held an excellent (ok, the slides, the summaries in the blogosphere and what she told me in a mail give a strong impression that the presentation was excellent, I was unfortunate enough to miss this year's SAA meeting) presentation on the concept of participatory archives. I do quite agree with her that there is no satisfactory definition of a participatory archive.

The social in social media is about to become meaningful?

Several speakers at the ongoing Information Science and Social Media -- International Conference (ISSOME2011) (I am organising together with my colleagues at Åbo Akademi University) have made interesting implicit and explicit references to the notion of 'social' that are rather different from the earlier rather fuzzy references to the concept in this kind of a venue.

The first ever ASIS&T European Workshop!

The first ever ASIS&T European Workshop was held in the beginning of June in Cork, Ireland. The event was kindly hosted by Cathal Hoare (chair of the European Student Chapter) together with his colleagues Adrian, Lisa and Margot from the Department of Computer Science at the University College Cork.

Semantic Applications in Archaeology in Beijing

 This year's Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) conference was held in the beginning of April in Beijing. In spite of the somewhat distant venue, the conference collected a whole bunch of familiar faces (Daniel Löwenborg, Mike Rains and others) with interesting projects going on, and a number of new acquaintances.

 

Drowning in personal information overflow

Swedish media, including the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter, reported today about a study on information searching in daily work. The study was conducted by YouGov for Canon Sweden.

 

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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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