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If you will be in the area of Oslo, Norway, on February 8, 1996, The Nordic
Center for Innovation invites you to be our guest at a seminar on
 
THE FLOW OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION ACROSS DISCIPLINES
 
Dr. Lindholm-Romantschuk will discuss some of the findings of a study of
cross-disciplinary information flows that she undertook during her
dissertation research in information studies at the University of
California at Berkeley.
 
To complete this research, Dr. Lindholm-Romantschuk developed a new
bibliometric methodology for studying cross-disciplinary information flows
in the social sciences and humanities. She tested it empirically on a
corpus of book review data sampled from twenty years of scholarly monograph
publishing and reviewing in more than thirty disciplines. The study was
informed by a theoretical understanding of the scholarly communication
system as intrinsically linked to the social system of science and
scholarship. Her findings indicate that social factors rather than
intellectual merit alone determine the survival of ideas to a large extent.
 
The study also suggests that there may be more cross-disciplinary
communication than has previously has been assumed. Disciplines were shown
to vary a great deal in terms of the import and export of information. The
study also yielded new findings on the scholarly communication system, in
particular monograph publishing and reviewing.
 
DESIGN ISSUES AT THE SEMINAR
 
This is not a design-specific topic. It will nevertheless be of interest to
designers and design educators concerned with the ways in which information
is moving across professional boundaries into and out of the design milieu.
The seminar will also shed light on where and how designers are developing
the information and cross-disciplinary connectivity that will enable the
increasing growth of the profession as a scienctific and scholarly
discipline.
 
THE SPEAKER
 
Ylva Lindholm-Romantschuk is an instructor in the Department of Information
Science at the International School of Social Science of the University of
Tampere, Finland. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at
Berkeley in 1994 and she also holds degrees from the University of Helsinki
and Finland's Swedish School of Social Science.
 
Dr. Lindholm-Romantschuk has been a research scientist at =C5bo Akademi
University and the University of Tampere/Academy of Finland and visiting
scholar at Portland State University in Oregon. She has also had
professional experience as a School Library Supervisor for the City of
Helsinki. She has won several research awards, professional honors and
major grants.
 
HOW TO ATTEND
 
The seminar takes place on Thursday, February 8 from 15:00 to 17:00 at the
Norwegian School of Management NMH in the 6th Floor VIP Room - New Building
at our Oslo campus in the old Schou's brewery complex.
 
This seminar is a scientific and educational service of the Nordic Center
for Innovation. There is no charge to attend.
 
If you'd like to attend, post an e-mail to <[log in to unmask]>
 
The Nordic Center for Innovation is a joint research and development center
shared by the Norwegian School of Management NMH, Lund University School of
Architecture and the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
 
More information on the center is available on request.
 
AVAILABLE PUBLICATIONS
 
If you are not able to attend the seminar, you may wish to read
 
Lindholm-Romantschuk, Ylva. 1994. The Flow of Ideas Within and Among
Academic Disciplines: Scholarly Book Reviewing in the Social Sciences and
Humanities. Doctoral dissertation. Berkeley: University of California at
Berkeley. (UMI order number 9504892)
 
or, an article in the Swedish language published in the Finnish library and
information science journal:
 
Lindholm-Romantschuk, Ylva. 1995. "Samhdllsvetenskaper och humaniora:
vetenskaplig kommunikation vver disciplinsgrdnserna." Kirjastotiede ja
informatiikka 1995 14(3): 75-89.
 
Ken Friedman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Leadership and Strategic Design
Norwegian School of Management
Box 4676 Sofienberg
N-0506 Oslo, Norway
 
Phone: +47 22.98.51.07
=46ax:     +47 22.11.51.11
 
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