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.

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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