Ecology of archaeological information work

Publication Type:

Book Chapter

Authors:

Isto Huvila

Source:

Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society, Routledge, London, p.121-141 (2018)

Abstract:

Bringing together insights from the earlier chapters of this book and empirical work on archaeological information work in the context of the ARKDIS research project, this chapter sets to propose a more systematic understanding of the contemporary archaeological information work. Building on systems thinking, Gibsonian ecological approach and the work of Pickering and Stengers, the chapter proposes a model of archaeological information process based on the metaphor of making and taking information rather than that of a flow of information from producers to its users.

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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