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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
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-277190DOI: 10.1108/JDOC-10-2015-0134ISI: 000379787000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-277190DiVA: diva2:904048
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2016-02-17 Created: 2016-02-17 Last updated: 2016-10-17Bibliographically approved

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