Describing records in context in the continuum: the Australian Recordkeeping Metadata Schema

Sue M McKemmish, Glenda Acland, Nigel Ward, Barbara J Reed

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    The Australian Recordkeeping Metadata Schema (RKMS), approved in July 1999 by its academic and industry steering group, is the major deliverable of an eighteen month Australian collaborative research project reported on in this article. The project's conceptual frame of reference was the Records Continuum Model and the Australian Series System. The RKMS uses recordkeeping understandings to make explicit connections between business, defined broadly to encompass all social and organizational activity, the people or agents who do business, and the records which are by-products of that business. Its vision links the dynamic world of business and social activity to the passive world of information resource management in cyberspace. This article presents the conceptual models developed by the research team as a framework for standardising and defining recordkeeping metadata, introduces the Schema elements, and explores their extensibility through the metamodels employed to enable rigorous structuring and test validity. The capacity of the RKMS to facilitate semantic interoperability by providing a framework for mapping or reading other metadata sets is outlined, followed by a brief discussion of implementation issues and future directions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-37
    Number of pages35
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

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