Information ecology and ecology of information

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 14:47

I was kindly invited to contribute to the Information ecology and libraries conference in Bratislava, an event I am currently participating. Considering my history, it is not very surprising that I find the notion of information ecology enticing and useful in explicating patterns of information interactions as a contextual and temporal phenomenon.

The politics of boundary objects: Hegemonic interventions and the making of a document

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 07:02

"Boundary objects are artifacts that reside in the interface between communities and are capable of bridging assumed and experienced differences. Bridging is not, however, necessarily a neutral or a consensual activity. With an emphasis on documents, the present article discusses the politics of boundary objects by analyzing the role of archaeological reports at boundaries between communities with conflicting interests.

What is a participatory archive? For real(?)

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:33

Kate Theimer (ArchivesNext) held an excellent (ok, the slides, the summaries in the blogosphere and what she told me in a mail give a strong impression that the presentation was excellent, I was unfortunate enough to miss this year's SAA meeting) presentation on the concept of participatory archives. I do quite agree with her that there is no satisfactory definition of a participatory archive.

The social in social media is about to become meaningful?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 11:38

Several speakers at the ongoing Information Science and Social Media -- International Conference (ISSOME2011) (I am organising together with my colleagues at Åbo Akademi University) have made interesting implicit and explicit references to the notion of 'social' that are rather different from the earlier rather fuzzy references to the concept in this kind of a venue.