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Entries from October 2005

Web 2.0 and Access to Digital Archives

October 28th, 2005 · Comments Off · Terms & Definitions, Web 2.0

Web 2.0 has quickly become a popular marketing buzzword that will likely become meaningless very shortly after I write this. Nevertheless, it does refer to a very real and noticeable shift towards de-centralized management of online information, explicit trust in the end-user, and systems that get better as more people use them.

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Archives Access Systems

October 28th, 2005 · Comments Off · Archives Access Systems, Terms & Definitions

Archival institutions use archives access systems to provide users with information about a collection of archival materials and allow them to browse, search and retrieve specific items within the collection. My research is focused on online access systems that use web-based technologies to provide access to digital or digitized archives. I am using the term [...]

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Personal Digital Archives

October 28th, 2005 · Comments Off · Personal Digital Archives, Terms & Definitions

Personal digital archives are the collections of archival materials that people worldwide are creating at an accelerating rate due to the popularity and ubiquity of personal computers and related technologies such as digital cameras, MP3 players and personal websites.

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Collective Memory

October 28th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Collective Memory, Terms & Definitions

Collective memory is a term used to describe the recollections that are shared in common by a group of people. Communities inherently go through a selective and subjective process of recounting past experiences to help shape their collective identity.

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Research Methodology

October 28th, 2005 · Comments Off · PhD Research

The research methodology that I will use falls roughly within the post-positivist school which combines both quantitative and qualitative methods to test deductive hypotheses which are refined over the course of the research as data is collected, analyzed and interpreted.

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Archival Science

October 27th, 2005 · Comments Off · PhD Research, Terms & Definitions

The theoretical framework for my research is Archival Science which “studies the characteristics of records in their social and cultural contexts and how they are created, used, selected and transferred through time.” (1)

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Research Topic

October 27th, 2005 · 1 Comment · PhD Research

I am researching: the online access systems of public archival institutions the management of personal digital archives by private individuals and families the enabling technologies and practices (e.g. Web 2.0) that can better integrate public and private archival collections to enhance a community’s collective memory

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PhD Administrative Information

October 27th, 2005 · Comments Off · PhD Research

I am a Doctoral Candidate in Archives and Information Science at the University of Amsterdam. In June 2005 my PhD research proposal was approved and registered in the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Research Database.

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Boldly blogging my way into a thesis

October 27th, 2005 · Comments Off · PhD Research

Well, here goes. This is the first post in my new blog here at archivemati.ca. After trying several options for organizing my bibliography and research notes, I decided on the blog format as the easiest and most efficient way to organize my research materials and at the same time allow for the capture of a [...]

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