Books

Information services and Digital Literacy: In search of the boundaries of knowing

Information Services and Digital Literacy is about the role of information services and digital literacies in the age of the social web. This title 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. Information seeking is always a question of crossing and expanding boundaries between our earlier experiences and the unknown. We may not yet be well enough acquainted with the landscape of digital information to understand how we know, where the boundaries to our knowledge lie, how to cross them, and what consequences our actions may have.

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Perspectives to Archaeological Information in the Digital Society

Perspectives to Archaeological Information in the Digital Society" of the ARKDIS research project  explores the challenges of archaeological information work and research in the contemporary digital society is out both in print and as an open access edition online. The blurb in the back cover explains that "[t]he aim of this small book is to briefly discuss some of the premises for studying the implications and opportunities of the digitalisation of information and information work in the domain of archaeology and material cultural heritage."

The book is available as an open access PDF in DiVA-portal in http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240334. Printed copies can be ordered by sending email to publikationer@abm.uu.se. Write "Perspectives to Archaeological Information in the Digital Society" in subject line. Printed copies cost 100 SEK (incl. 6% VAT) plus postage.

The volume contains following texts:

  • Introduction / Isto Huvila
  • Recuperating GIS data from excavations: On the use, or lack of use, of digital archaeological information/ Daniel Löwenborg
  • Archaeologists and their information sources / Isto Huvila
  • 3D Models and Archaeological Investigation / Nicoló Dell’Unto
  • Dances with Petroglyphs : On Digital Agendas, Digital Tools and Heritage Communication / Bodil Petersson
  • The Digital Time-Travels project in retrospect / Per Stenborg
  • Epilogue / Isto Huvila

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Research Outside The Academy : Professional Knowledge-Making in the Digital Age

Sheds new light on the potential of extra-academic knowledge-making as a contribution in formations of knowledge throughout society, explores extra-academic knowledge as a useful resource in academy, policy development, evidence based practices, and innovation, and focuses on the informational dimensions, stemming from and grounded in an informationscience perspective, which provides the means to address practical information-related issues throughout knowledge-making processes.

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Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society

Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society shows how the digitization of archaeological information, tools and workflows, and their interplay with both old and new non-digital practices throughout the archaeological information process, affect the outcomes of archaeological work, and in the end, our general understanding of the human past.

 

Reviews

Garstki, Kevin. The Future of Archaeological Knowledge Making (Huvila's Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society). Current Anthropology 2019 60:2, 278-279.

"Huvila and colleagues take a much-needed approach to understanding the broad impacts that the digital turn may have on the processes of archaeological knowledge making. By combining perspectives from within the discipline and from the outside, the authors present important insights regarding the transforming information workflows in archaeology."

Kansa, Sarah Whitcher and Eric Kansa. Review of Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society ed. by Isto Huvila. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies, vol. 7 no. 3, 2019, p. 403-405.

"Any contribution with the word “digital” runs the risk of going quickly out-of-date because it is too focused on the use of specific tools or apps. That is not the case for this volume, which promises lasting value because it explores how digital approaches (regardless of the actual tool used) impact how we perceive the past and our roles in preservation and communication of archaeological content."

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