Google Lively had a friendly atmosphere: preliminary observations from an on-going study

I am running a survey on the significant aspects of the by now closed Google Lively service at http://survey-3.istohuvila.fi/index.php?sid=11279&lang=en. The preliminary findings indicate that the most highly appreciated aspects of the service were its friendly atmosphere and ease of meeting people from around the world, ease of use and the possibility to build a room without having to purchase anything in the first place.

EduFinland in News

EduFinland, the Finnish Education Island in Second Life, was featured in Helsingin Sanomat, the national daily newspaper in Finland. EduFinland is an effort to bring Finnish educators to one archipelago in Second Life and to foster cooperation and coordination of use, learning and development of Second Life as a tool and environment for education.

Putting work, work roles and tasks together

There is a significant body of information science literature on both tasks and 'work' and how they relate to human information behaviour. It is rather typical that in task based research, work is something broader , but it is seldom described in a very precise way. In work based research, on the other hand, the investigation seldom penetrates to the level of individual tasks and if it does, the references are typically far from being very rigorous. 

Learning and Research in Second Life (2.0) @ AoIR 9.0

I am participating (S)econd year a row in the Learning and Research in Second Life this time organised in Copenhagen just before the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Internet Research 9.0 conference.

Learning together apart

From the abstract of an article "Learning together apart: Distance education in a virtual world" (citation) by myself and my colleague Kim Holmberg published in First Monday: 

ASIS&T-ESC is the Student Chapter of the Year

There was a circular on the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Students-list that the European Students Chapter (ESC) has been chosen as one of the two chapters of the year. I'm (yes, I know a little bit senior) secretary of this chapter and it feels naturally quite amazing.

Virtuaalipilkkimistä?

Eilisen Pedagogisia verkkoja kokemassa -juhlaseminaarin esitys, jonka pidin yhdessä kollegani Kim Holmbergin kanssa, löytyy Qik-palvelusta

 

Framework for studying information work

 One of the many conclusions of a workshop arranged at Roskilde University, Denmark with professor Brenda Dervin about four years ago was that "social life is a mess". Indeed it is when you look at it close enough and try to make sense of it.

Participatory archive

In comparison to library contexts, user perspective and user studies have received noticeably little practical attention in archives and in the context of management of archival materials and archival information. I am addressing some of theissues of communication and user participation in archival contexts in an article published yesterday in Archival Science.

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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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ARKDIS project maps the implications and opportunities of the digitalisation of information and information work in the domain of archaeology and to develop and evaluate conceptual and practical methods and procedures for enhancing archaeological information work in the digitalised environment.

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