Documentary genre and digital recordkeeping: red herring or a way forward?

Oliver, G., Kim, Y. and Ross, S. (2008) Documentary genre and digital recordkeeping: red herring or a way forward? Archival Science, 8(4), pp. 295-305. (doi: 10.1007/s10502-009-9090-5)

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a preliminary assessment of the utility of the genre concept for digital recordkeeping. The exponential growth in the volume of records created since the 1940s has been a key motivator for the development of strategies that do not involve the review or processing of individual documents or files. Automation now allows processes at a level of granularity that is rarely, if at all, possible in the case of manual processes, without loss of cognisance of context. For this reason, it is timely to revisit concepts that may have been disregarded because of a perceived limited effectiveness in contributing anything to theory or practice. In this paper, the genre concept and its employability in the management of current and archival digital records are considered, as a form of social contextualisation of a document and as an attractive entry point of granularity at which to implement automation of appraisal processes. Particular attention is paid to the structurational view of genre and its connections with recordkeeping theory.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kim, Dr Yunhyong and Ross, Professor Seamus and Oliver, Dr Gillian
Authors: Oliver, G., Kim, Y., and Ross, S.
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Archival Science
ISSN (Online):1573-7519
Published Online:17 September 2009

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
365851DELOS - Network of Excellence on Digital LibrariesSeamus RossEuropean Commission (EC)507618Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute
374172National Digital Curation Centre (NDCC)Seamus RossEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)GR/T07374/01 H3Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute