Month: February 2009

Digitala tjänster

Jag tycker det är spännande med den nya mastern i Borås som drar igång till hösten. Den är inriktad på digitala tjänster och är en möjlig fördjupning för dem som redan arbetar med digitala tjänster som bibliotekarier och kanske har en tidigare magisterexamen. Nu har de dessutom startat en blogg där de inte bara beskriver mastern utan även reflekterar över digitala tjänster och dess användningsområden i forskning och praktik.

Idag skriver Helena i deras blogg om möjliga karriärvägar. Något som jag också tangerat i tidigare blogginlägg.

Visualising the Public Sphere

I took part in an interesting workshop last week which was co-arranged by VKS and the Philosophical department at Gronigen University. The discussion spanned over a wide area of topics but with the common theme of how we could understand social, political and physical interactions and how that becomes visible in the public space. Anne Beaulieu talked about “Network realism: studying knowledge production around public databases of images”, Martijn de Waal presented ideas on “Urban screens and the Public Sphere”, Paul de Laat tried to connect two of his research areas with the title “Not so Public After All”, Judith Vega introduced “The visualisation for everyday life: pertinent or impertinent in regard to the public sphere” and Paul Wouters discussed the lessons learned from CYSWIK (Can You See What I Know), a two-day multisectorial workshop on knowledge visualisation. It is almost always fruitful to bring together people from different disciplines and see how the different approaches can hook together and form a bigger picture. One problem that where brought up for discussion was how new is new media? Is there new problems in this area or is it the same kind of problems only in a new setting? It all boiled down to that it is a matter of emphasis. A lot of people are using the digital media and the “user-generated” media and are treating it as something new and that is something we as researchers have to take into consideration.

This morning I was again listening to the Swedish radio and overheard their programme “På nätet” (on the net). They have apparently a series of five episodes about our social life on the net and today it was about blogquakes (“bloggbävning”, like a combination of blog and earthquake). The participants talked about the idea that the blogs are making the world more democratic, is it or is it not? This is the discussion that always comes back when talking about blogs and maybe a bit boring in a sense, but connected to the workshop above it suddenly makes more sense. The social practices in the public sphere that are now also present on the web is dynamic and changing and interesting to study further and especially by joining different approaches and disciplines ways of dealing with the problems or questions as research topics.

Signtific

I don´t really know how to use it, but still I find the idea of Signtific intriguing, a kind of collaboratory to forecast future?

They say that:
“Signtific is a community website for sharing, exploring, creating and discussing signals and forecasts related to disruptive trends in science and technology.”

http://www.signtific.org/

About Humanities laboratory on the radio

I listened to a Swedish Radio programme about Science news. Suddenly there was two researchers talking about studies done at the humanities laboratory (humanistlaboratoriet) at Lund University. They talked about how you can study peoples choices by using for example Eye-tracking equipment in a regular store. The strange coincidence is that their work was in a way connected to a dutch blog that I discovered yesterday in my task of collecting blogs by dutch researchers, the blog is about Neuro business . It was just a bit strange and made my world at Lund University somehow connect with my world in Holland…or at least made me do this association…

Invigning av institutionen för Kulturvetenskaper den 13 mars

Ja det är fredagen den 13:e som den nya institutionen ska invigas. Tyvärr kommer jag inte vara där, fast att vara i Amsterdam är ju inte så pjåkigt heller. Det kan säkert bli en trevlig, intressant, spännande och rolig eftermiddag dock:
http://www.kultur.lu.se/o.o.i.s?id=10081&list_mode=id&calendar_id=4148

Institutionen är ny sedan årsskiftet och innehåller den perfekta sammansättningen:

Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap

Arkivvetenskap

Bokhistoria

Etnologi

Idé och lärdomshistoria

Intermediala studier

Konsthistoria och visuella studier

Musikvetenskap

Museologi

http://www.kultur.lu.se/

reading blogs…practising dutch…the image of librarians

Well reading blogs always make you stumble upon things and even though it is partly in dutch I could understand what this was all about:

http://www.moqub.com/2009/02/15/jij-lijkt-helemaal-niet-op-iemand-die-in-een-bibliotheek-werkt/

The always ongoing discussion about the image of a librarian. I wonder if other occupations are as obsessed with this as we are?

More about the book in English here:

http://books.infotoday.com/books/YouDontLookLikeALibrarian.shtml