Where have all the files gone? Lost in action points every one?

Moss, M. (2013) Where have all the files gone? Lost in action points every one? Journal of Contemporary History, 47(4), pp. 1-16. (doi: 10.1177/0022009412451291)

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Abstract

Government files and the system that preceded their introduction have been eclipsed by the introduction of electronic record keeping systems. This has been accompanied both by a marked deterioration in record keeping practices and the use of record keeping to enable an audit culture. The article explores what those charged with integrating digital records into the archives might learn from record keeping practice in the paper world. By explaining how registry systems functioned and developed, it argues that many of the problems and proposed solutions that information technologists believe to be novel have long antecedents. It concludes by suggesting that the voice of the historian needs to be heard more clearly in the debate about the role the archives play in contemporary democratic societies.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:archives, electronic records, registries
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moss, Professor Michael
Authors: Moss, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Contemporary History
Journal Abbr.:JCH
ISSN:0022-0094
ISSN (Online):1461-7250
Published Online:01 October 2012

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