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Shaping local information in Thailand: Hidden contradictions in the digitisation activities of the Provincial University Library Network (PULINET)
Högskolan i Borås, Akademin för bibliotek, information, pedagogik och IT. University of Borås, Sweden. (Information Practices)ORCID-id: 0000-0002-4910-0526
Högskolan i Borås, Akademin för bibliotek, information, pedagogik och IT. University of Borås, Sweden. (Information Practices; Knowledge Infrastructures)ORCID-id: 0000-0001-5523-0282
2023 (Engelska)Ingår i: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, ISSN 0961-0006, E-ISSN 1741-6477, Vol. 55, nr 1, s. 246-258Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
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Local information (LI) in Thailand covers resources related to Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK), and cultural heritage. Thailand’s provincial universities have the national responsibility of digitising LI, enforced through the Provincial University Library Network’s (PULINET’s) Local Information Working Group (LIWG). The aim of this study is to explore how the LIWG’s digitisation activities contribute to the shaping of LI as national concern and resource. Empirical data come from interviews with 23 LIWG professionals in 2016–2017. A qualitative content analysis is performed within an overall activity theory framework with emphasis on overt and unobtrosive manifestations of contradictions through a combination of Engeström’s and Blackler’s typologies. The results show that primary contradictions exist in the form of incompatible conceptions of LI between individual group members and the group’s consensus-oriented LI definition. Secondary contradictions emerge as incongruences between group members’ general conceptions of LI, and specific digitisation activities of the LIWG. In general, LI is conceptualised as dynamic, situated, collective, culture-nature integrated resources with strong applied-use value, in line with international ILK definitions and agendas. The actual LIWG activities, however, circumscribe this conception through a restricted focus on formal regional delimitations; prominent objects; societally desirable expressions; and an academic/research framing. Overall, the findings illustrate that the LIWG’s activities contribute to shape LI as a tool for national social and cultural unity that exclude marginalised groups and societally undesirable LI expressions. In these activities, the primary and secondary types of contradictions are hidden and counteracted, rather than used as constructive opportunities for learning, change, and development. The study provides a unique, internationally framed, perspective on LI and related digitisation activities in Thailand. Methodologically, the study is case specific, limited to a cross-section in time and to data from interview accounts of LIWG members.

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Sage Publications, 2023. Vol. 55, nr 1, s. 246-258
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activity theory, cultural heritage, digitisation, Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK), local wisdom, Thailand
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-29192DOI: 10.1177/09610006221143101ISI: 000905599100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85145191031OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-29192DiVA, id: diva2:1724699
Tillgänglig från: 2023-01-09 Skapad: 2023-01-09 Senast uppdaterad: 2024-01-16Bibliografiskt granskad

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