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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 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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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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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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