Metawork is information work

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 07:14

Last week, one of the big issues in the Finnish social media landscape was Jenny Lehtinen's piece on the gender inequalities of metawork (fi. metatyö). It tends to be women, in families the mom, who tends to be the one who does most of the coordination, checking of schedules and finding out details for everything that needs to be done. From the perspective of an information researcher, an interesting aspect of metawork is that much of the so called metawork is actually information work.

Research and its societal utility

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:09

I recently received an invitation to participate in a survey on attitudes on the societal relevance and utility of research conducted by a somewhat well-known Swedish consultancy Demoskop. It is obvious that research without relevance whatsoever is total waste of time but the survey is an excellent example of the difficulty and shear impossibility of asking "general" questions about this topic. The survey will undoubtedly will produce useful results for those who have paid for it.

Two PhD Positions in Library and Information Science at Uppsala University

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 19:33

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.

New Book: Perspectives to Archaeological Information in the Digital Society

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:54

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

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Thu, 11/27/2014 - 17:33

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?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 17:13

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.