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Recordkeeping Informatics
for a Networked Age

By Frank Upward, Barbara Reed, Gillian Oliver and Joanne Evans

$49.95

“Without the adequate presence of recordkeeping informatics that produce evidence of actions we will be left with information sludge and an environment of increasing chaos – an environment that places us all at risk of underhand practices, unwelcome social consequences, and at a professional loss as to how to operate within the reality of increasingly complex digital ecologies.”

The focus of this book becomes more relevant to governance every day as rational and scientific thought flounders under the weight of post-truth politics and a welter of ‘alternative facts’. Traditional values of openness, transparency and accountability also face new challenges from technical change. Recordkeeping informatics supports archiving processes and few challenges are of greater significance for the survival of humanity than the adequate formation of archives that serve spacetime management, mutual associations and life chances: the major elements of authoritative information resource management as defined by the sociologist Anthony Giddens.

The authors of this book as practitioners and as academics have witnessed and analysed the way changing technologies and the expanding continuum of recorded information have contributed to the disruption of normality in governance. Over time they have developed ideas about the relationship between social functioning, informatics, and the ethics of recordkeeping practices. In this book they use their thinking about archival practices to present a new teamwork and internet-based business application approach that can help a recordkeeping mind to develop and help usher in a new era of cyber-maturity.

About the Authors

Frank Upward worked as an archivist, records manager and information manager before accepting a position at Monash University where he designed and taught in a wide range of courses. He is best known internationally for his records continuum model and his collaborative work with Sue McKemmish.

Barbara Reed has been a consultant in the fields of records, archives and information management since 1985. She is active in professional arenas, including the teaching and training environments. She has played a major role in the development of Australian and International standards for records management, digitisation, recordkeeping metadata and others.

Gillian Oliver is Associate Professor of Information Management and Director of the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics at Monash University. Previous academic and practice roles were in information management in the United Kingdom, Germany and New Zealand.

Joanne Evans is an ARC Future Fellow in the Faculty of IT at Monash University. She is co-ordinator of the Records Continuum Research Group and her research relates to the design and development of recordkeeping and archiving systems, with particular emphasis on participatory recordkeeping models, interoperability and sustainability.

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