Books as Artifacts: An Estimation of their Structural Complexity

By Kurmo Konsa.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article presents an attempt to conceptualise the informational structure of communicative artifacts. Describing of the information occurring in books will be shown on the example of structural characteristics of publications.

Keywords: Book, Artefact, Informational Structure, Analytic Hierarchy Process, Index of Complexity

International Journal of the Book, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.55-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 870.740KB).

Dr. Kurmo Konsa

He was born on the 31st of the August 1965 at Tartu, Estonia. He is an Associated Professor in Chair of Archival Studies at Tartu University. He has an M.Sc in microbiology from Tartu University, and an M.A. in Book Science from Tallinn University. Kurmo Konsa holds a doctoral degree in Informational Science from Tallinn University. His doctoral work focuses on preservation of written heritage and preservation surveys issues. Formerly he worked at Tartu University Library as paper conservator and at Estonian Postal Museum as conservator and curator of collections. His current research program includes the condition surveys of Estonian written records - construction of theoretical framework within which to develop, test and evaluate a preservation surveys methodology; creating a general methodology that may be adopted for assessing of condition of all paper-based collections and statistical surveys of Estonian written heritage. The most important and extensive conservation project with which Dr. Konsa has been involved was the Project Thule – the State of Cultural Heritage in Major Estonian Libraries. This project was carried out by support of UNESCO in 1998 – 2000. He is the Vice-Chairman of Estonian Preservation Council an umbrella organization of national memory institutions at Estonian Cultural Ministry. Dr Konsa participates in composition of advanced professional training courses at Tartu University and at Estonian Cultural Ministry. Kurmo Konsa has presented the results of his studies at conferences in Estonia and abroad (Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Germany). He published a lot of articles in special publications. His books “Preservation of Archival Materials” and “Preservation Guide for Libraries and Archives” are the only study and reference materials concerning the preservation of written heritage in Estonia. He is a member of the numerous professional organizations. His hobbies include cultural semiotics and science fiction literature and also hiking and nature.

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