Making and information

 

Maker Faire
Jon ‘ShakataGaNai’ Davis [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

June 17-23 marked the National Week of Making.  You may have heard about makerspaces, often in libraries, where people can create things: See, for example, Scott’s blog post (2016).  Though projects differ, they involve information.

Making doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  Makers use information about techniques or equipment.  If they are creating something to solve a problem, they  need information about the problem as well.  The information may be gathered informally, but it is information nonetheless.

Makers not only use information: they also produce it.  With music or videos this point is more obvious.  When they create objects, makers still learn something from the process, and they can share that knowledge.  The feedback from testing the object is information in itself.

Though I have not yet done so, I am curious to visit my nearest makerspace.  For now I recognize these spaces as information spaces.

Reference

Scott, C. (2016, June 21). The importance of libraries to the economy: ALA releases new publication on advancing entrepreneurship [Blog post].  Retrieved from https://3dprint.com/139258/ala-publication-entrepreneurship/

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