The ALM-Field, Digitalization and the Public Sphere (ALMPUB)

The ALM-Field, Digitalization and the Public Sphere (ALMPUB) aims at understanding how digitilization and globalization affect the role of the ALM-institutions as institutions underpinning the public sphere.

The research in this project is organized around two main research questions:

1. How does digitalization change the roles of libraries, archives and museums as an infrastructure for open and enlightened public discourse?

2. How can libraries, archives and museums enhance digital resources through user participation? In what ways may user contributions facilitate an open and enlightened public discourse?


Project organization

This project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s KULMEDIA Program, 2016-2019. It is administered by the Department of Archivistics, Library, and Information Science, at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Norway and project leader is Professor Ragnar Audunson.

Other partner institutions are:

University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway
Sogn and Fjordane University College
University of Copenhagen
Uppsala University
Borås University
Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
HTW Chur – University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign
Kent State University
National Library of Norway
National Library of Hungary


Participants from the Dept. of ALM: professor Isto Huvila, professor Kerstin Rydbeck, senior lecturer Åse Hedemark and doctoral student Ina Maria Jansson.

More information 

More information about the project and participating researchers: ALMPUB web site