Creating knowledge in various (digital) environments

After arriving from Lund last evening I have been participating in the Creating Knowledge V conference in Åbo. There has been several interesting presentations resonating closely with my ongoing projects. Annemaree Lloyd talked about her studies on information practices in workplace contexts, and highlighted several interesting aspects, which I have been looking at while studying information work in different contexts.

My own presentation was about information service 2.0 (slides, photo) with a special focus on the needs of library participants or the social web people who are used to participate in different information rich services on the web. 

Sheila Webber talking about Second Life

Sheila Webber (slides) whom I met outside Second Life first time today told about her experiences in teaching using inquiry based learning and some interesting pilot study results in information behaviour in Second Life.

Later today Kim Holmberg told about his survey on libraries present in Facebook, which highlighted many interesting aspects of why and how libraries and librarians engage in social web environment.

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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