Memory functions and functions of memory

 I gave a talk on a systemic perspective to memory institutions and participated in the beginning of the week in the summer school of the MEMORNET doctoral programme in Tampere, Finland. Maryanne Dever from the University of Newcastle (Australia) gave a highly enticing keynote on the pleasures of paper, according to her own words, citing Karl Lagerfeld for the first time in an academic talk. The student papers gave an excellent overview of some possible things the notion of memory institutions and memory functions can be. Memory is obviously a central theme in cultural heritage studies and in the context of archives, libraries and museums, but it pertains also the realm of digital culture and corporate entities. Because of its diversity, it is also very important to ask what memory is all about in these different contexts. Even if it is easy to assume that memory functions or the function of 'memory' is somehow similar in various cultural heritage contexts, it is definitely not. In this sense it would be highly important to try to make excursions outside the context of 'memory' in 'cultural heritage' in order to understand the variety of 'memories' it really engages.

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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