5.2 Recommendations for information policy development

As a result of the discussion above, we make the following recommendations for the development of information policy for archaeology and related sectors. The recommendations are made based on the analysis and the internationally comparative discussion of the current Swedish situation, but can arguably serve as grounds to discuss information policy development in other national contexts as well.

We suggest above recommendations to be considered in information policy development. More importantly however, on an overarching level the analysis presented in this article demonstrates the value of information policy analysis in archaeology and related areas. The information policy analysis explicates how information interactions are covered by regulations, but also where the regulations may defy knowledge production. Thus we encourage policymakers and practitioners to view the regulations for information in archaeology and archaeology-related work as information policy, i.e. the outcomes of disciplinary information politics. These information politics depend on an engaged debate, in which policymakers and practitioners from all parts of archaeology should take part, and should be welcomed to do so. We argue information policy impacts archaeological knowledge production on a par with theoretical and methodological standpoints. The engagement in, critical analysis of, and debate about information policy should therefore reflect this importance.