No less paperless

Thomas Erlich and Ernestine Fu wrote recently a short piece on the utopia of paperless office in Forbes with the main observation that we are very far from becoming paperless. As the authors note, quite aptly, we are not quite in a situation when all the affordances of the paper would have been taken over by digital media. It is true that some types of media have been more or less replaced by others, like papyrus or vellum are not used frequently anymore, but even these rather ancient materials have still certain at least cultural uses that are hard to replace with paper. In fact, the take home message of the long-going discussion on the untergang of media types and information carriers is rather simple even if the use of media and mediation of information and knowledge are hugely complicated matters. Things tend to get replaced only when the 'old' does not have anything that would be better (and cheaper, easier) done using the new media. As Erlich and Fu note, it is hard to see that this would be happening with paper in the near future.

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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