Monthly Archives: June 2014

Broadening the record and expanding the archives

Kirsten Wright The concept of “the record” is core archival theory and archival methods. In looking at reinventing archival methods, we must ask whether the traditional notion of the record is still applicable and how the record connects and links … Continue reading

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Email – a bellwether records system

Andrew Waugh A bellwether is a sheep with a bell around its neck. Since sheep flock together, the shepherd could track the movement of the flock by the sound of the bell on the bellwether. In a similar way, I … Continue reading

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Indigenous Records: connecting, critiquing and diversifying collections

Kirsten Thorpe The management of Indigenous records and collections presents challenges to traditional archival methods and practice. Indigenous issues relating to the management of archives are important questions that should be discussed and considered broadly by the profession. In this … Continue reading

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Reinventing the Concept of the State Archival Fond in China

Xiaomi An, Hepu Deng, Bin Zhang A fond is the aggregation of records originated from the same source. Traditionally the concept of the state archival fond is usually referred to the aggregation of historical records with the state ownership. [i] Over the … Continue reading

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Archives as multifaceted narratives: Linking the “touchstones”[1] of community memory.

Belinda Battley, Elizabeth Daniels and Gregory Rolan Records can help communities to construct and preserve their collective memory, in support of community values, survival and protection of rights. Records can be considered evidence[2] – not simply in the legal sense … Continue reading

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From reactive to proactive appraisal

Nicole Convery The records continuum made waves in Britain in the early 2000s and was variously hailed as a long needed theoretical framework for electronic information management or rejected as an abstract model that has little relevance for recordkeeping processes. … Continue reading

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A Sea of Kites: Pushing access to archives with progressive enhancement

Luke Bacon Open access to archives enriches our knowledge of human society, promotes democracy, protects citizens’ rights and enhances the quality of life. —UNESCO Universal Declaration on Archives Access to information is about power. Accessibility describes an evolving power relationship … Continue reading

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Reinventing Archival Methods: Am I part of the problem or part of the solution?

Mark Crookston I try to be a good archivist. I’m driven by the want to make the information system robust and efficient enough to support good governance; to enable communities (whomever they are) to have access to documentation to support … Continue reading

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Eternity Revisited: In pursuit of a national documentation strategy and a national archival system

Adrian Cunningham[1] As I sit down to write this thought piece in January 2014 our Canadian colleagues are preparing for a Canadian Archives Summit with the enviable title ‘Towards a New Blueprint for Canada’s Recorded Memory’. To me the most … Continue reading

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