uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Beyond information policy: Conflicting documentation ideals in extra-academic knowledge making practices
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM. (ARKDIS)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0493-6845
2016 (English)In: Journal of Documentation, ISSN 0022-0418, E-ISSN 1758-7379, Vol. 72, no 4, 674-695 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore and explicate documentation ideals parallel to information policy, and by means of this analysis demonstrate how the concept “documentation ideals” is an analytical tool for engaging with political and institutional contexts of information practices.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on a case study of documentation ideals in a debate about quality in archaeological documentation. The methodology draws on idea analysis, and on the science and technology studies’ controversy studies approach.

Findings – The paper explicates three documentation ideals, how these ideals allocate responsibility for documentation to different actors, how the ideals assign roles to practitioners, and how the ideals point to different beneficiaries of the documentation. Furthermore, the analysis highlights ideas about two different means to reach the documentation ideals.

Research limitations/implications – The case’s debate reflects opinions of Northern European professionals.

Social implications – The paper illuminates how documentation ideals tweak and even contest formal information policy in claims on the documentation and on the practitioners doing documentation.

Originality/value – Documentation ideal analysis is crucial as a complement to formal information policy analysis and to analysis guided by practice theory in attempts to understand the contexts of information practices and documentation, insights central for developing information literacies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 72, no 4, 674-695 p.
Keyword [en]
Archaeology, Information practices, Information policy, Controversy studies, Documentation ideals, Idea analysis, Knowledge making practices
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-277190DOI: 10.1108/JDOC-10-2015-0134ISI: 000379787000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-277190DiVA: diva2:904048
Projects
ARKDIS
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2016-02-17 Created: 2016-02-17 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Resources for scholarly documentation in professional service organizations: A study of Swedish development-led archaeology report writing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Resources for scholarly documentation in professional service organizations: A study of Swedish development-led archaeology report writing
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This information studies dissertation deals with the problem that results from research outside academia risk to receive little or no attention if communicated through reports, instead of in mainstream academic genres like research journal articles. The case in focus is Swedish development-led (DL) archaeology, i.e. state regulated archaeology preceding land development. Swedish DL archaeology is organized as a semi-regulated market. The organizations competing on the market are professional service organizations selling research services to land developers. Regional government departments, county administrative boards, function as intermediaries setting up procurement-like processes.

In previous research on archaeological documentation, the problem with non-use of reports has been described as depending on cultural issues of access, possible to solve if individuals make efforts to communicate and use extra-academic results. This dissertation offers an alternative definition of the problem, highlighting a different set of solutions. The aim is to further the understanding of how the distribution of research duties to professional service organizations affects the scholarly documentation in Swedish archaeology. The aim is met through identification, operationalization and analysis of resources available to report writing DL archaeology practitioners, and an analysis of how practitioners draw on these resources. The results further the understanding of how reports are shaped within the DL archaeology institution. In view of these results, efforts to solve issues of access should target the organization of research in the archaeology discipline, and specifically how scholarly documentation is governed on the archaeology market.

The dissertation draws on science and technology studies, practice theory, and document theory for the design of the study of documentation resources and contexts in extra-academic research. A mixed methods approach is applied to capture regulative, institutional, and infrastructural resources, and practitioners’ use thereof. Dissertation papers I-III contain analyses of concrete instantiations of the resources: information policy, documentation ideals, and information source use. The fourth paper presents an analysis of how practitioners draw on these resources in their everyday report writing. The dissertation concerns archaeology specifically, but serves as grounds to inquire into the premises for scholarly documentation in other areas of extra-academic research and knowledge-making as well.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of ALM, Uppsala University, 2017. 108 p.
Series
Skrifter utgivna vid institutionen för ABM vid Uppsala universitet, ISSN 1652-5353 ; 6
Keyword
Archaeology, Extra-academic research, Knowledge-making, Scholarly communication, Documentation, Report writing, Science and technology studies, Practice theory
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-306157 (URN)978-91-506-2664-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-12-15, Humanistiska Teatern, Engelska parken, Thunbergsv. 3H, Uppsala, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Projects
Archaeological Information in the Digital Society (ARKDIS)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-10-20 Last updated: 2017-11-22

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(457 kB)92 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 457 kBChecksum SHA-512
e994ab6ebdfa81ca41fde053b349f061674aa64dd4d40d160c61d8b50c847a1ac33ac1d86db360d54de19e7eea38a8fafd3b14123e5f685633694cbc5ba175a0
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full textData set

Authority records BETA

Börjesson, Lisa

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Börjesson, Lisa
By organisation
Department of ALM
In the same journal
Journal of Documentation
Information Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 92 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 512 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf