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Entries from November 2005

Identity 2.0 and Personal Digital Archives

November 18th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Personal Digital Archives, Web 2.0

I attended an informative Van2 presentation on Sxore last night. Sxore is an identity and reputation management tool for blogs that is being developed by the local (Vancouver) Identity 2.0 firm Sxip. My main interest was actually in the Sxip platform that Sxore is built on because Identity 2.0 technology will be an important component [...]

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What is Web 2.0?

November 10th, 2005 · 3 Comments · System Architecture, Terms & Definitions, Web 2.0

As I write this, definitions for the term Web 2.0 continue to be drafted by technology pundits. Although I find the hype and promise of the Web 2.0 world to be quite exciting, I am not interested in establishing any authorative definition (it’s a little like trying to nail jello to the wall). As far [...]

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Digital Archives

November 8th, 2005 · Comments Off · Digital Preservation, Terms & Definitions

A digital archives is a repository that stores one or more collections of digital information objects with the intention of providing long-term access to the information. A digital archives can be a sophisticated, multi-tiered storage system or simply a C:\ drive on someone’s home computer.

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Archival Materials

November 8th, 2005 · Comments Off · Terms & Definitions

Archival materials are information objects that serve as evidence and memory of past events. Archival materials are preserved by archival institutions, organizations or private individuals for long-term access and use. Other common terms include ‘historical documents’, ‘archives’, or ‘records’.

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Archival Institutions

November 6th, 2005 · Comments Off · Terms & Definitions

An archival institution is an organization or organizational unit that manages archival materials as its primary business function. It’s main purpose is to acquire, preserve and provide access to collections of archival materials. Examples of archival institutions include the Rijksarchief of the Netherlands, the City of Vancouver Archives or the Greenpeace Archives. Visit the UNESCO [...]

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System Architecture for Archives Access Systems (v.1)

November 4th, 2005 · Comments Off · Archives Access Systems, System Architecture

The diagram below is a rough (incomplete) attempt to illustrate how the System Requirements for Archives Access Systems might manifest themselves in a logical architecture for an archives access system that is focused on providing access via a website.

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System Requirements for Archives Access Systems (v.1)

November 4th, 2005 · Comments Off · Archives Access Systems, System Requirements

In order to study existing Archives Access Systems and to develop prototypes that incorporate Web 2.0 features, I will need to develop a core set of generic system requirements that describes what an Archives Access System must be able to do.

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System Requirements

November 4th, 2005 · Comments Off · System Requirements, Terms & Definitions

System requirements state what a system’s behaviours, properties, characteristics and features are in as unambiguous a way possible. The purpose of system requirement specifications is to accurately capture the requirements of the system’s owners, users and stakeholders.

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