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Simplicity, complexity and complex easiness

People hate complex information systems for a good reason. Why on earth anyone should use a really annoying and difficult to grasp library catalogues when you have learned to appreciate the simplicity of the Google interface.

Two PhD Positions in Library and Information Science at Uppsala University

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication makes Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 41.000 students, 6,500 employees and a turnover of SEK 5,900 million.

At the Department of Archival Science, Library and Information Science, Museology and Cultural Heritage Studies (ALM) with a start date of 1 September 2015 at the earliest.

Room for cross-breeding information and knowledge communities

I have been planning for some time to participate  in the Organisational learning, knowledge and capabilities (OLKC) conference and finally managed to do it in the 2015 edition of the event organised at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy.

The problem is to articulate for whom and how

The Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology conference was held this year  in Siena. Conference had gathered approximately 500 delegates and a very impressive number of papers, posters and roundtables. The book of abstracts was massive and reminded of proceedings volumes of the same conference from ten years ago.

Managing information and knowledge is (child's) play, no, game?

CC by https://www.flickr.com/photos/malias/73169727One of the hottest buzzwords of business research is gamification. Similarly to many other terms from Web 2.0 to BPR, and well yes, knowledge management, it is offered as a miracle cure to problems organisations are facing today and a recipe for success to make a day tomorrow.

New Book: Perspectives to Archaeological Information in the Digital Society

The new edited volume "Perspectives to Archaeological Information in the Digital Society" of the ARKDIS research project that explores the challenges of archaeological information work and research in the contemporary digital society is out both in print and as an open access edition online.

DOME, NGIN and ICKM 2014

I am right now heading home from the International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM) 2014 conference held this year in Antalya, Turkey. The conference offered an interesting mix of a bit more practical insights and academic work on IKM. This year's even was spiced with a little extra talk about research data as the event was colocated with Information Management in the Changing World (IMCW) conference.

What is information leadership and why it is needed?

My article on information leadership "Towards information leadership" has been published in the Aslib Journal of Information Management. The aim of the text is to discuss the significance of leadership perspective to information and knowledge management. The abstract can be found below, the original article  at Emerald portal and a preprint of the text on this site.

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.

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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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COST-ARKWORK is a 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. The aim of the network is to make a major push forward in the current state-of-the-art in knowing how archaeological knowledge is produced, how it is used and how to maximise its positive impact in the society.

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CApturing Paradata for documenTing data creation and Use for the REsearch of the future (CAPTURE) investigates what information about the creation and use of research data that is paradata) is needed and how to capture enough of that information to make the data reusable in the future. 

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