Archaeological information work

The research project on archaeological information work started in 2001 and has discussed different aspects of knowledge organisation, information use, documentation and information management in archaeological context. My major study in this field, The Ecology of  Information Work was published as my doctoral dissertation (PhD thesis). Thesis study presents for the first time a concise analytical description of work and information work within the domain of archaeology from an information science point of view. The study forms a solid basis for the future development of information systems and information services for archaeology and cultural heritage professionals.

 

The conclusion is that the critical success factors of archaeological information work are fit and sustainability of the information processes. The information work analysis showed that archaeological information work would considerably benefit of more systematically coordinated and integrated information processes and of closer usage orientation. For the time being, archaeological information work resembles unnecessarily often an archaeological excavation. Virtual realities are potentially beneficial in supporting these factors in complex instances of information work, where the information is fluid, and in a state of making, and where the information work combines several contexts of the work and grasps the entire life-cycle of the information from the creation of information to its use and preservation. Typical examples of such work in archaeology is archaeological field work, research and policy related cultural heritage administration duties.

 

The work on the topic has continued to look at documentation, documentation systems, knowledge organisation and information management and information management education of archaeology professionals.

 

References to the publications on the topic can be found in my list of publications

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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CApturing Paradata for documenTing data creation and Use for the REsearch of the future (CAPTURE) investigates what information about the creation and use of research data that is paradata) is needed and how to capture enough of that information to make the data reusable in the future. 

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