I have been participating in the 2011 edition of the DISH, Digital Strategies for Heritage Conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. A common observation in many conferences is that there tends to be a certain concentration of ideas. Even if one of the conference themes this year was crowdsourcing, it was quite apparent that the impact of this particular phenomenon went far beyond the thematic choice. Crowdsourcing has become mainstream.
My now over two years old article on 'information creation literacy' The Complete Information Literacy? Unforgetting Creation and Organisation of Information is out in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science after a rather long publication process.
Uppsala University declares open two PhD student positions in Library and Information Science at the Department of Archival Science, Library and Information Science, Museology and Cultural Heritage Studies (ALM) with starting date February 1 2012 at the earliest.
I was yesterday in Helsinki (Helsingfors) in Finland at #m11i, Media 2011 information: Digital spår symposium organised by Brages Pressarkiv together with YLE The Finnish Broadcasting Company, KSF Media and the Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki. My own presentation was about information seeking and source criticism.
The proceedings of the International Conference Information Science and Social Media ISSOME 2011 have been published at http://issuu.com/informationsvetenskap/docs/issome2011 and are available also for download here on my website.
Come and join us at the Midnight to Noon Conference for Second Life Educators and Researchers M2N4SL on EduFinland III island on October 27, 2011 from midnight (PDT) onwards. More information and programme at http://m2n4sl.library2pointoh.fi/
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.
"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.
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.