information practices

Spanning the boundaries of information behaviour and practices

The 2018 edition of the ISIC conference organised (in an excellent manner, thank you!) this time at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow offered, as usual, a plenty of interesting ideas to consider.

COST-ARKWORK Archaeological practices and knowledge work

COST-ARKWORK is a new network funded by the COST scheme that brings together the multidisciplinary work of researchers of archaeological practices in the field of archaeological knowledge production and use. COST-ARKWORK was launched in November and will run four years until October 2020. 

COST-ARKWORK Archaeological practices and knowledge work

Archaeology is everywhere. Archaeological knowledge and knowledge of archaeology is relevant in different sectors of life from scholarly research of the past and land development to schools, museums and local community groups. In spite of this, the current understanding of how archaeologists work and how archaeological knowledge is produced and used is fragmented and incomplete.

When is information work?

Information science researchers and practitioners discuss information activities using a large number of different terms. A concept that often appears in colloquial discussions of information activities but that has received less systematic attention in information science research is that of information work.

All life-events are significant!

Prof. Ian Ruthwen (University of Strathclyde) held an interesting keynote at 2016 edition of the ISIC - Information Behaviour Conference in Zadar, Croatia. He talked about information behaviours (sic!) related to significant life events and made broadly remarks on what is significant in significant life events and how these aspects have possible repercussions on how people deal with information.

Cancer Patients' Attitudes and Experiences of Online Medical Records

H. Rexhepi, Åhlfeldt, R. - M., Cajander, Å., and Huvila, I., Cancer Patients' Attitudes and Experiences of Online Medical Records, in Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research (ISHIMR 2015), 24-26 June 2015, York, 2015.

Archaeologists and their information sources

I. Huvila, Archaeologists and their information sources, in Perspectives to Archaeological Information in the Digital Society, I. Huvila, Ed. Uppsala: Department of ALM, Uppsala University, 2014, pp. 25–54.
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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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