Seeking for information (use)

I have been participating in Information seeking in context (ISIC) 2008 since yesterday morning. The different papers by the nicely small and compact community of researchers interested in information behaviour have been very insightful in their analysis of different aspects of information seeking and use.

To mention a few papers, Allen Foster's and Christine Urquhart's revisit to Foster's non-linear model of information seeking was rater insightful and highlighted the need to re-evaluate and validate existing research instruments. Lennart Björneborn presented interesting ideas o serendipity and information discovery in physical library settings. Pertti Vakkari's analysis of the papers from ISIC 1996 and 2008 conferences was also of interest together with a number of other papers I will definitely look at closer in the near future.

Vilnius is, by the way, a nice city to visit. I can recommend.

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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