Evaluation of what?

The theme of this year's LIDA conference is evaluation. At the moment, when the conference is still going on, it is possible to say that the variety of papers on both qualitative and quantitative evaluation has been interesting. Many of the speakers including the keynotes by Blaise Cronin and Paul Wouters have put a specific emphasis on the issues of discussing the question of what evaluation is actually evaluating and what would be the most appropriate thing to evaluate from different stakeholder perspectives. Cronin posed a serious question on the significance of Beethoven (traditionally significant person) or Bieber (popular person on the social web right now) and the premises of doing measurements. Wouters did another useful excursion to the foundations of evaluation as an activity, its premises and consequences.

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.

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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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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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