Makers in their spaces? Working with and towards data, information and records

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Thu, 09/26/2019 - 17:07

A colloquium talk at the iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies)The University of British Columbia held in Terrace Lab (more information at


People don’t generally know how and why they know what they know. Similarly, it is generally difficult to say where the stuff we read and watch comes from and how it was put together. The traditional focus of information research, including archival, library, museum and information studies has been on the management, organisation and seeking of information, records, data and objects whereas there has been less emphasis on how they come into being and what implications it has on how they can be managed, organised, sought, retrieved and used.

This talk presents and draws on Huvila’s on-going research on the making of data, information and records in different contexts from archaeology and healthcare to participatory practices in libraries, archives and museums. Key questions are how making influences how stuff can be used, what we should know and document about making and the spaces where the making is taking place.