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Entries from February 2007

Archives Access System Glossary, v1.0

February 26th, 2007 · 8 Comments · PhD Research, Terms & Definitions

Over the past few weeks I have worked and posted my way through definitions and explanations of some of the key concepts that are relevant to my research into archives access systems. I have compacted and combined each of these definitions into a working glossary that will be part of my system design and requirements [...]

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O.K., Let’s Make Sure ‘Access’ is in that Definition.

February 19th, 2007 · Comments Off · PhD Research, Terms & Definitions

Last week my friend and colleague Ian McAndrew humoured me by reviewing my definition of archival materials. Ian’s sharp mind immediately picked up on a couple of potential cracks in my definition and examples. In particular, he pointed out that I needed to make an explicit link between preservation and access and he is absolutely [...]

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The Anatomy of a Digital Information Object

February 12th, 2007 · Comments Off · PhD Research, Terms & Definitions

From a theoretical point of view there is no difference between a digital and an analogue information object. As I explained in previous posts about the concept of information and information objects, both are entities that contains the content of a message and have the required structure and context to allow that message to be [...]

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Information as an Object

February 5th, 2007 · 2 Comments · PhD Research, Terms & Definitions

Last week I wrote a post that looked in more detail at the concept of information as a way to help define archival materials. I am going through this process of definitions and explanations to help establish the scope and context for my PhD research on archives access systems. These software-intensive systems provide online users [...]

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