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Huvila, Isto, ProfessorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-9196-2106
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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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Huvila, I. (2018). Alternatives to Being Information Literate. In: Serap Kurbanoğlu, Joumana Boustany, Sonja Špiranec, Esther Grassian, Diane Mizrachi, Loriene Roy (Ed.), Information Literacy in the Workplace: . Paper presented at 5th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2017, September 18-21, 2017, Saint Malo, France (pp. 813-821). Springer
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2018 (English)In: Information Literacy in the Workplace / [ed] Serap Kurbanoğlu, Joumana Boustany, Sonja Špiranec, Esther Grassian, Diane Mizrachi, Loriene Roy, Springer, 2018, p. 813-821Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In contrast to the relative abundance of conceptualisations of information literacy, the earlier research has placed considerably less attention on its alternatives. The findings show that there are shades of being less and non-literate beyond a mere lack of necessary skills or engagement in inappropriate practices. Information illiteracy can be experienced as a problem but it can also represent a conscious choice for delimiting and organising information practices. From a theoretical and practical perspective, this study suggests that both information literacies and information illiteracies should be taken into account in information literacy research and education, and when developing and deploying information systems and services to compensate for the lack of literacies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2018
Series
Communications in Computer and Information Science, ISSN 1865-0929 ; 810
Keywords
Information literacy, Information illiteracy, Information anxiety, Satisficing
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340579 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-74334-9_82 (DOI)978-3-319-74333-2 (ISBN)978-3-319-74334-9 (ISBN)
Conference
5th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2017, September 18-21, 2017, Saint Malo, France
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-02-02Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I., Enwald, H., Eriksson-Backa, K., Hirvonen, N., Nguyen, H. & Scandurra, I. (2018). Anticipating ageing: Older adults reading their medical records. Information Processing & Management, 54(3), 394-407
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2018 (English)In: Information Processing & Management, ISSN 0306-4573, E-ISSN 1873-5371, Vol. 54, no 3, p. 394-407Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In spite of the general interest in health information behaviour, there is little earlier research on how older adults, who are still active in working life but approaching retirement, differ from other age groups. A survey with Swedish patients who had ordered and read their medical record was conducted to map the preferences and motivations of older adults (born 1946-1960) ordering a copy of their medical record, and using medical records based e-health and information services in the future. The results do not indicate an obvious linear relationship between age and motivation to use online health information but show several differences between the age groups. Older adults were less interested in communication with their medical doctor by e-mail. Yet, they had searched health information in the Internet during the last week more likely than young. They were more inclined to read medical record to get an overview of their health than young, but less confident that they understood most of the content or turn to their family and friends to seek help than the elderly. When compared to younger adults and elderly people, older adults are the least confident and least motivated to use online health information. It is suggested that older adulthood can be seen as a transitory stage of life when the need of health information increases and engagement with health changes. The results agree with prior research on the potential usefulness of (online) medical records as a way to inform citizens. However, specific provision strategies may be necessary to match the needs and motivations of different age groups.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ELSEVIER SCI LTD, 2018
Keywords
Health information behaviour, Medical records, Older adults, Health information, Personal information management
National Category
Information Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-352566 (URN)10.1016/j.ipm.2018.01.007 (DOI)000429398700004 ()
Funder
VINNOVAForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016-00623
Available from: 2018-08-08 Created: 2018-08-08 Last updated: 2018-08-08Bibliographically approved
Rexhepi, H., Åhlfeldt, R.-M., Cajander, Å. & Huvila, I. (2018). Cancer patients' attitudes and experiences of online access to their electronic medical records: A qualitative study. Health Informatics Journal, 24(2), 115-124
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2018 (English)In: Health Informatics Journal, ISSN 1460-4582, E-ISSN 1741-2811, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 115-124Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Human Computer Interaction Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-299790 (URN)10.1177/1460458216658778 (DOI)000432068300001 ()27440056 (PubMedID)
Projects
DOME
Available from: 2016-07-19 Created: 2016-07-27 Last updated: 2018-08-16Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I. & Ahmad, F. (2018). Holistic information behavior and the perceived success of work in organizations. Library & Information Science Research, 40(1), 18-29
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2018 (English)In: Library & Information Science Research, ISSN 0740-8188, E-ISSN 1873-1848, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 18-29Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Surprisingly little is known about the relationship between perceived work success and information behavior. This study shows that holistic (versus organization-centric) information behavioral preferences are related to interaction and exchange oriented perceptions of the success of work. The findings were drawn from a partial least square structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) based analysis of the survey data (N = 305) collected from employees of a large multinational corporation. The findings suggest that holistic information behavior is more strongly related to social measures of success, whereas their association with quantitative measures tends to be lower. From the perspective of information behavior research, the findings suggest that holism seems to be a similar factor to, for instance, task complexity or personality, which influences human information behavior and, for instance, perceptions of relevance. From a practical perspective, the study suggests that the promotion of specific facets of measuring success and patterns of information behavior can be used to influence the orientation of working between centrifugality and openness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2018
National Category
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-359685 (URN)10.1016/j.lisr.2018.03.004 (DOI)000435426700003 ()
Funder
Academy of Finland, 295743
Available from: 2018-09-07 Created: 2018-09-07 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I. (2018). Putting to (information) work: A Stengersian perspective on how information technologies and people influence information practices. The Information Society, 34(4), 229-243
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2018 (English)In: The Information Society, ISSN 0197-2243, E-ISSN 1087-6537, Vol. 34, no 4, p. 229-243Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Instead of merely subscribing to an unspecific inseparability in the co-constitution or mangle of information technologies and human-actors, there is a need for conceptual tools to describe and explicate the mechanics of how the enmeshment of technologies and human-beings is occurring in information contexts: how information technologies are both setting standards of the social conduct of information practices, and how people are using information technologies to regulate the social process. Building on an empirical study of human-technology relations in the context of archaeological information work, this article discusses how the imaginary of putting Stengers to work can make a contribution to such an end. Stengers describes an ideal system of human-actors and technology working seamlessly World-as-Clockthat is unattainable but can serve as a benchmark and a lens for understanding frictions and discrepancies in the cohesion of the two.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC, 2018
Keywords
Technology, information technology, information work, archaeology, putting to work, sociomateriality
National Category
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-357768 (URN)10.1080/01972243.2018.1463332 (DOI)000434448800002 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2018-08-23 Created: 2018-08-23 Last updated: 2018-08-23Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I. (2018). Taking excavation to a virtual world: Importing archaeological spatial data to Second Life and OpenSim. Uppsala
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2018 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The benefits of analysing and presenting archaeological spatial data in an interactive 3D environment have been discussed extensively in the literature. This paper reports of a R&D project that explored the possibilities of presenting archaeological information in virtual worlds with a specific focus on presenting and using actual documentation data captured by total stations and laser scanners directly in virtual worlds. Field trials were conducted in Second Life and OpenSim environments. The findings indicated that Second Life was a preferred environment because of the relatively large existing ecology of individual and institutional users. The proprietary nature of the environment and the consequent limitations to data transfer and the control of the world did, however, make the importing, linkage and manipulation of data problematic. OpenSim allowed a total control of the environment, but lacked certain technical features implemented in Second Life together with a comparable, large population of users. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: , 2018. p. 8
Keywords
opensim, second life, archaeology, Eura, 3D virtual worlds, virtual reality
National Category
Archaeology Information Studies
Research subject
Archaeology; Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-346906 (URN)
Projects
Arkeologiaa virtuaalisesti (ArVi)
Available from: 2018-03-22 Created: 2018-03-22 Last updated: 2018-03-26Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I., Olsson, M., Faniel, I. M., Dalbello, M. & Dallas, C. (2017). Archaeological perspectives in information science. Paper presented at ASIS&T 2017 Annual Meeting. Proceedings of the ASIS annual meeting, 54(1), 570-573
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2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the ASIS annual meeting, ISSN 0044-7870, Vol. 54, no 1, p. 570-573Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Archaeology is a domain that has intersections with information science and technology research both as an empirical domain of investigation and as a perspective to inquire into how people interact with information. The aim of this panel is to highlight this interdisciplinary nexus of diverse engagements and to explicate how archaeology has informed and could inform information science research and practice in the future, and how empirical information science research on archaeological practices has enhanced our understanding of both archaeological work and human information behavior and practices in general.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken, NJ: , 2017
Keywords
archaeology, information science, information practices, archives
National Category
Archaeology Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science; Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340578 (URN)10.1002/pra2.2017.14505401075 (DOI)
Conference
ASIS&T 2017 Annual Meeting
Projects
ARKDIS
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-02-02Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I., Anderson, T. D., Jansen, E. H., McKenzie, P. & Worrall, A. (2017). Boundary objects in Information Science. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(8), 1807-1822
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2017 (English)In: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, ISSN 2330-1635, E-ISSN 2330-1643, Vol. 68, no 8, p. 1807-1822Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Boundary objects are abstract or physical artefacts that exist in the liminal spaces between adjacent communities of people. The theory of BOs was originally introduced by Star and Griesemer in a study on information practices at the Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology but has since been adapted in a broad range of research contexts in a large number of disciplines including the various branches of information science. The aim of this review article is to present an overview of the state of the art of information science research informed by the theory of BOs, critically discuss the notion, and propose a structured overview of how the notion has been applied in the study of information.

Keywords
information science, boundary objects, boundaries
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-332505 (URN)10.1002/asi.23817 (DOI)000405737300001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2017-10-29 Created: 2017-10-29 Last updated: 2017-11-15Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I. (2017). Distrust, mistrust, untrust and information practices. Paper presented at ISIC: the information behaviour conference, Zadar, Croatia, 20-23 September, 2016. Information research, 22(1)
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2017 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 22, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction. We report the results of an investigation of the role and implications of the shortage of trust (untrust), mistrust and distrust in the context of information work. Whereas trust has been discussed extensively in information studies literature, its dark side has been largely omitted before. Method. The conceptual discussion is based on empirical material gathered using thematic interviews of (N=17) Swedish archaeology professionals with special interest in the management of archaeological information. Analysis. The analysis of the interviews was based on a method drawing from the constant comparative method and close reading of the transcripts. Results. The analysis shows that it is possible to distinguish systemic factors related to components, systemic processes and environment that contribute to the emergence and persistence of trust, distrust, mistrust and untrust, and shifts between the different modes of (un)confidence. Conclusion. Distrust, mistrust and untrust have related but distinct influence on information work, they coexist with trust and can have similarly positive implications for the information activities. Finally, similarly to distrust and trust, also untrust and mistrust can be conceptualised following Luhmann as strategies of reducing uncertainty.

Keywords
trust, information behaviour
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-332504 (URN)000404551500051 ()
Conference
ISIC: the information behaviour conference, Zadar, Croatia, 20-23 September, 2016
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2017-10-29 Created: 2017-10-29 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Huvila, I., Enqvist, J., Thomas, S. & Uotila, K. (2017). Eurooppalainen COST-ARKWORK -verkosto tutkii arkeologista työtä ja tiedontuotantoa. Muinaistutkija (4), 57-59
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2017 (Finnish)In: Muinaistutkija, ISSN 0781-6790, no 4, p. 57-59Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsingfors: , 2017
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340580 (URN)
Projects
COST-ARKWORK
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-01-31
Organisations
Identifiers
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