The bright side of dysfunctional information and bad information practices - School of Computing Seminar Series

Information science has had a strong tendency to believe in rational information seeking and use, where black-and-white judgments have been framed as a problem. This talk will explore the observed and potential positive and difficult-to-categorise effects of 'anti-normative' information practices. The empirical examples are based drawn from the results of the research project Archaeological Information in the Digital Society (ARKDIS) funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Professor Isto Huvila holds the Chair in Information Studies at the Department of ALM (Archival Studies, Library and Information Science and Museums and Cultural Heritage Studies) at Uppsala University in Sweden and is also Docent in Information Management at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. His primary areas of research include information and knowledge management, information work, knowledge organisation, documentation, 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. Huvila has given numerous invited talks and published broadly on the topics ranging from information work management, archaeological information management, social media, virtual reality information issues to archival studies and museum informatics, ancient history and archaeology. 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.