Crowdsourcing is mainstream, long live community sourcing!

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 09:54

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.

Information ecology and ecology of information

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 14:47

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.

The politics of boundary objects: Hegemonic interventions and the making of a document

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 07:02

"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.

What is a participatory archive? For real(?)

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Wed, 08/31/2011 - 19:33

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.