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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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What is Information Anyway?

January 29th, 2007 · Comments Off · PhD Research, Terms & Definitions

Last week, I posted an access-based definition for the concept of archival materials to help establish the scope and context of my research into archives access systems. Like most definitions in the archives and records management literature, it leans heavily on the concept of information. However, this term is seldom defined further. It is usually [...]

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Archival Materials: A Practical Definition (con’t)

January 23rd, 2007 · 1 Comment · PhD Research, Terms & Definitions

Yesterday I posted and explained a practical definition for archival materials that works within the scope and context of my research on archives access systems: “archival materials are objects in any form that record information which is preserved for future use as a memory aid or proxy for a past event.” The broad nature of [...]

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Archival Materials: A Practical Definition

January 22nd, 2007 · 4 Comments · PhD Research, Terms & Definitions

In my PhD research I am investigating the nature of archives access systems and the enabling technologies and practices that can be used to improve these. I am currently in the process of establishing the scope and context for my investigation. This requires that a number of key concepts are defined so that I am [...]

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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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