Colloquia 2019-2020 | Makers in their spaces?: Working with and towards data, information and records

Makers in their spaces? Working with and towards data, information and records


People don’t generally know how and why they know what they know. Similarly, it is generally difficult to say where the stuff we read and watch comes from and how it was put together. The traditional focus of information research, including archival, library, museum and information studies has been on the management, organisation and seeking of information, records, data and objects whereas there has been less emphasis on how they come into being and what implications it has on how they can be managed, organised, sought, retrieved and used.

This talk presents and draws on Huvila’s on-going research on the making of data, information and records in different contexts from archaeology and healthcare to participatory practices in libraries, archives and museums. Key questions are how making influences how stuff can be used, what we should know and document about making and the spaces where the making is taking place.



Isto HuvilaProfessor Isto Huvila is working as a visiting professor at the iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver during the academic year 2019/20. He holds the chair in information studies at the Department of ALM (Archival, Library and Information, and Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies) at Uppsala University in Sweden and is docent (~adjunct professor) in information management at Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. His primary areas of research include information and knowledge management, information work, knowledge organisation, documentation, research data, and social and participatory information practices. The contexts of his research ranges from archaeology and cultural heritage, archives, libraries and museums to health information and e-health, social media, virtual worlds and corporate and public organisations.  Professor Huvila is the author of Information Services and Digital Literacy: In search of the boundaries of knowing (Chandos 2012). He received a MA degree in cultural history at the University of Turku in 2002 and a PhD degree in information studies at Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland) in 2006.