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Huvila, Isto, ProfessorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-9196-2106
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Biography [eng]

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 adjunct professor (docent) in information management at Information StudiesÅbo 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.

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Hirvonen, N., Enwald, H., Kansakoski, H., Eriksson-Backa, K., Nguyen, H., Huhta, A.-M. & Huvila, I. (2020). Older adults' views on eHealth services: a systematic review of scientific journal articles. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 135, Article ID 104031.
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2020 (English)In: International Journal of Medical Informatics, ISSN 1386-5056, E-ISSN 1872-8243, Vol. 135, article id 104031Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
National Category
Computer Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-407166 (URN)10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2019.104031 (DOI)000507469400008 ()31918340 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2020-03-20 Created: 2020-03-20 Last updated: 2020-03-20Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I., Moll, J., Enwald, H., Hirvonen, N., Åhlfeldt, R.-M. & Cajander, Å. (2019). Age-related differences in seeking clarification to understand medical record information. In: Proc. 12th ISIC Conference: Part 2. Paper presented at ISIC 2018, October 9–11, Kraków, Poland. , Article ID isic1834.
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2019 (English)In: Proc. 12th ISIC Conference: Part 2, 2019, article id isic1834Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Series
Information Research, ISSN 1368-1613 ; 24:1
National Category
Human Computer Interaction Information Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-365189 (URN)000461468700018 ()
Conference
ISIC 2018, October 9–11, Kraków, Poland
Available from: 2019-03-01 Created: 2018-11-09 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I. (2019). Authoring social reality with documents: From authorship of documents and documentary boundary objects to practical authorship. Journal of Documentation, 75(1), 44-61
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Documentation, ISSN 0022-0418, E-ISSN 1758-7379, Vol. 75, no 1, p. 44-61Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose In the context of organisation studies, Shotter and colleagues have used the notion of practical authorship of social situations and identities to explain the work of managers and leaders. This notion and contemporary theories of authorship in literary scholarship can be linked to the authoring of documents in the context of document studies to explain the impact and use of documents as instruments of management and communication. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach The conceptual discussion is supported by an empirical interview study of the information work of N=16 archaeologists. Findings First, the making of documents and other artefacts, their use as instruments (e.g. boundary objects (BOs)) of management, and the practical authorship of social situations, collective and individual identities form a continuum of authorship. Second, that because practical authorship seems to bear a closer affinity to the liabilities/responsibilities and privileges of attached to documents rather than to a mere attribution of their makership or ownership, practical authorship literature might benefit of an increased focus on them.

Research limitations/implications This paper shows how practical authorship can be used as a framework to link making and use of documents to how they change social reality. Further, it shows how the notion of practical authorship can benefit of being complemented with insights from the literature on documentary and literary authorship, specifically that authorship is not only a question of making but also, even more so, of social attribution of responsibilities and privileges.

Originality/value This paper shows how the concepts of documentary and practical authorship can be used to complement each other in elaborating our understanding of the making of artefacts (documentary) BOs and the social landscape.

National Category
Information Studies Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372606 (URN)10.1108/jd-04-2018-0063 (DOI)000453074900003 ()
Projects
ARKDIS
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-16Bibliographically approved
Dalmer, N. K. & Huvila, I. (2019). Conceptualizing information work for health contexts in Library and Information Science. Journal of Documentation, 76(1), 96-108
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Documentation, ISSN 0022-0418, E-ISSN 1758-7379, Vol. 76, no 1, p. 96-108Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to suggest that a closer consideration of the notion of work and, more specifically, information work as a sensitizing concept in Library and Information Science (LIS) can offer a helpful way to differently consider how people interact and engage with information and can complement a parallel focus on practices, behaviours and activities.

Design/methodology/approach: Starting with the advent of the concept of information work in Corbin and Strauss' work, the paper then summarizes how information work has evolved and taken shape in LIS research and discourse, both within and outside of health-related information contexts.

Findings: The paper argues that information work affords a lens that can acknowledge the multiple levels of effort and multiple processes (cognitive, physical or social-behavioural) related to information activities. This paper outlines six affordances that the use of information work within LIS scholarship imparts: acknowledges the conceptual, mental and affective; brings attention to the invisibility of particular information activities and their constituents; opens up and distinguishes the many different lines of work; destabilizes hierarchies between professionals and non-professionals; emphasizes goals relating to information activities and their underlying pursuits; and questions work/non-work dichotomies established in existing LIS models.

Originality/value: This paper is a first in bringing together the many iterations of information work research in LIS. In doing so, this paper serves as a prompt for other LIS scholars to take up, challenge the existing borders of, and thus advance the concept of information work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD, 2019
Keywords
Information theory, Health information, Information research, Health, Work, Information modelling, Information work
National Category
Information Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-403254 (URN)10.1108/JD-03-2019-0055 (DOI)000505892700003 ()
Available from: 2020-01-27 Created: 2020-01-27 Last updated: 2020-01-27Bibliographically approved
Börjesson, L. & Huvila, I. (2019). Contract Archaeology. In: Börjesson, Lisa & Huvila, Isto (Ed.), Research Outside the Academy: Professional Knowledge-Making in the Digital Age (pp. 107-122). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
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2019 (English)In: Research Outside the Academy: Professional Knowledge-Making in the Digital Age / [ed] Börjesson, Lisa & Huvila, Isto, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, p. 107-122Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The rapid expansion of contract archaeology as the primary sector of archaeological knowledge-making in many developed countries make it an illustrative example of which effects the organization and re-organization of a particular knowledge-producing sector affects the conditions for how knowledge can be made. The proliferation of contracted extra-mural work in different countries has shown the importance of adequate guidelines and careful consideration of how and what to regulate to reach desirable outcomes. In addition, contract archaeology provides insights into the difficulties of keeping together extra- and intra-mural knowledge-making enterprises even when they share the same outspoken objectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Keywords
Contract archaeology, Archaeology, Cultural heritage, Fieldwork, Quality, Conditions, Information sources
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372613 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-94177-6_6 (DOI)978-3-319-94176-9 (ISBN)978-3-319-94177-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-04-30Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I., Hirvonen, N., Enwald, H. & Åhlfeldt, R.-M. (2019). Differences in Health Information Literacy Competencies Among Older Adults, Elderly and Younger Citizens. In: Kurbanouglu, Serap; Špiranec, Sonja; Ünal, Yurdagül; Boustany, Joumana; Huotari, Maija Leena; Grassian, Esther; Mizrachi, Diane; Roy, Loriene (Ed.), Information Literacy in Everyday Life. ECIL 2018: (pp. 136-143). Berlin: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg
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2019 (English)In: Information Literacy in Everyday Life. ECIL 2018 / [ed] Kurbanouglu, Serap; Špiranec, Sonja; Ünal, Yurdagül; Boustany, Joumana; Huotari, Maija Leena; Grassian, Esther; Mizrachi, Diane; Roy, Loriene, Berlin: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2019, p. 136-143Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

To address the research gap on age-based differences in health information literacy (HIL), we investigated how younger (born 1960-) and older adults (1946-1960), and elderly citizens (-1945) differed from each other by their HIL competencies. Data were collected with an online survey of patients using the Swedish national electronic health record system. Altogether, 2,587 users responded. One-way ANOVA with post hoc tests revealed several differences between the groups: younger adults were less likely to value health information than older adults; older adults and elderly were least likely to compare information from multiple sources and had trouble in determining health information needs; older adults were most likely to have trouble understanding health terminology and the elderly to have difficulties in understanding medicinal package labels. The study shows that HIL is not necessarily improving or declining but adapting to challenges of advanced age.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2019
Series
Communications in Computer and Information Science
Keywords
Health information literacy, Older adults, Elderly, Young, HIBA
National Category
Information Studies Information Systems
Research subject
Library and Information Science; Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393774 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-13472-3_13 (DOI)978-3-030-13471-6 (ISBN)
Funder
Academy of Finland
Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2020-03-25Bibliographically approved
Golub, K., Göransson, E., Foka, A. & Huvila, I. (2019). Digital humanities in Sweden and its infrastructure: Status quo and the sine qua non. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities
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2019 (English)In: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, ISSN 2055-7671, E-ISSN 2055-768XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The article offers a state-of-the-art overview of a number of Digital Humanities (DH) initiatives that have emerged in Sweden over the past decade. We identify two major developments that seem to be taking place within DH, with a specific focus on the infrastructural aspects of the development: (1) a strive to open up and broaden the research output and (2) multi-disciplinary collaboration and its effects. The two major components accentuate the new infrastructural patterns that are developing and the challenges these infer on universities. While current research is at large multi-disciplinary, developing infrastructures also enable the move towards post-disciplinarity, bringing the universities closer to the surrounding society. At five universities in Sweden, individual-sited infrastructures supporting DH research have been built today. They are complemented by national and international infrastructures, thus supporting developments and tackling some of the major challenges. In the article, the relations between individual disciplines, the question of multi- and post-disciplinarity, and the field of Digital Humanities are discussed, while stressing the factors necessary—sine qua non—for a fruitful development of the scholarly infrastructures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019
Keywords
digital humanities; digital research infrastructure;
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified History of Technology Other Engineering and Technologies
Research subject
Human-Computer Interaction; History of Sciences and Ideas; Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392927 (URN)10.1093/llc/fqz042 (DOI)
Projects
Digital Humanities Uppsala
Available from: 2019-09-11 Created: 2019-09-11 Last updated: 2020-02-26
Huvila, I., Dalbello, M., Dallas, C., Faniel, I. M. & Olsson, M. (2019). Editorial: Archaeology and information research. Information research, 24(2)
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2019 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 24, no 2Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this special issue is to highlight the interdisciplinary nexus in a series of papers that explore and investigate the intersections of archaeologies and the different areas of information research. The archaeologies both in this special issue and more broadly can be envisioned to include archaeology proper, media archaeology, the archaeology of knowledge and other archaeological approaches, whereas information research includes, library, museum and archival studies, as well as other relevant disciplines.

Keywords
archaeology, information science
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393782 (URN)
Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2019-10-01Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I., Dalbello, M., Dallas, C., Faniel, I. M. & Olsson, M. (2019). Editorial: Archaeology and information research. Information research, 24(2)
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2019 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 24, no 2Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UNIV SHEFFIELD DEPT INFORMATION STUDIES, 2019
National Category
Information Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-406644 (URN)000509868600002 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2020-03-10 Created: 2020-03-10 Last updated: 2020-03-10Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I. & Börjesson, L. (2019). Epilogue. In: Börjesson, Lisa; Huvila, Isto (Ed.), Research Outside The Academy: Professional Knowledge-Making in the Digital Age (pp. 171-182). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
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2019 (English)In: Research Outside The Academy: Professional Knowledge-Making in the Digital Age / [ed] Börjesson, Lisa; Huvila, Isto, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, p. 171-182Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Research outside of academia differs from academic research in many respects. Even if they are intertwined and often overlap, extra-mural research engages different stakeholders, it is disseminated using different channels, and the knowledge that is made in extra-academic contexts is often produced for different purposes than those within academic research. The chapters of the volume on research outside of academia highlight the need to understand what research means in different situations and that there tends to be a reason why knowledge making differs from one context to another. A comprehensive understanding of what research is and how and why it is conducted with different intra- and extra-mural conditions is a necessary premise to be able to evaluate and understand different types of knowledge, their premises, rationale and implications without ending up in uninhibited relativization or lack of understanding of how research can and cannot help people to know.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372608 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-94177-6_10 (DOI)978-3-319-94176-9 (ISBN)978-3-319-94177-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2020-02-07Bibliographically approved
Projects
CAPTURE [818210]; Uppsala University; Publications
Huvila, I., Enwald, H., Eriksson-Backa, K., Liu, Y.-H. & Hirvonen, N. (2019). Information behaviour and practises research informing technology and service design. In: Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology: . Paper presented at ASIS&T 2019 Annual Meeting, Melbourne, 19-23 October 2019. (pp. 541-545). , 56(1)Huvila, I. (2019). Use-Oriented Information and Knowledge Management: Information Production and Use Practices as an Element of the Value and Impact of Information. Journal of Information & Knowledge Management, 18(4), Article ID 1950046.
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