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Information Policy for (Digital) Information in Archaeology: current state and suggestions for development
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM. (ARKDIS)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0493-6845
Department of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University. (ARKDIS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9733-612X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM. Information and Knowledge Management, Åbo Akademi University, Finland. (ARKDIS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9196-2106
2015 (English)In: Internet Archaeology, ISSN 1363-5387, E-ISSN 1363-5387, no 40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The introduction of digital data capturing and management technologies has transformed information practices in archaeology. Digital documentation and digital infrastructures are integrated in archaeologists' daily work now more than ever. International and national institutions and projects have contributed to the development of digital archiving and curation practices. Because knowledge production in archaeology depends heavily on documentation and information dissemination, and on retrieval of past documentation, the question of how information is managed is profoundly intertwined with the possibilities for knowledge production. Regulations at different levels articulate demands and expectations from the emerging digital information practices, but how are these different regulations coordinated, and do they support archaeological knowledge production?

In this article we look into the state of information policy - the sum of principles guiding decisions about information - in archaeology and related areas. The aim of the article is to shed light on how information policy directs practice in archaeology, and to show that analysis of such policies is therefore vital. Information policy in legislation and guidelines in Swedish archaeology serves as a case study, and examples from development-led archaeology and the museum sector illustrate how information policies have varied roles across different heritage sectors. There are historical and local trajectories in the policy documents specific to Sweden, but the discussion shows that the emergence of Swedish policies have many parallels with processes in other countries. The article provides recommendations for information policy development for archaeology and related areas.

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2015. no 40
Keyword [en]
Digital humanities; cultural heritage sector; digital heritage; digital archaeology; digital museums; information policy; digital agendas; digitization
National Category
Information Studies Archaeology
Research subject
Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-275630DOI: 10.11141/ia.40.4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-275630DiVA: diva2:900615
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2016-02-04 Created: 2016-02-04 Last updated: 2016-10-26Bibliographically approved

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