Documentary genre and digital recordkeeping: Red herring or a way forward?

Gillian Oliver, Yunhyong Kim, Seamus Ross

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to provide a preliminary assessment of the utility of the genre concept for digital recordkeeping. The exponential growth in the volume of records created since the 1940s has been a key motivator for the development of strategies that do not involve the review or processing of individual documents or files. Automation now allows processes at a level of granularity that is rarely, if at all, possible in the case of manual processes, without loss of cognisance of context. For this reason, it is timely to revisit concepts that may have been disregarded because of a perceived limited effectiveness in contributing anything to theory or practice. In this paper, the genre concept and its employability in the management of current and archival digital records are considered, as a form of social contextualisation of a document and as an attractive entry point of granularity at which to implement automation of appraisal processes. Particular attention is paid to the structurational view of genre and its connections with recordkeeping theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)295-305
    Number of pages11
    JournalArchival Science
    Volume8
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008

    Keywords

    • Genre
    • Recordkeeping continuum
    • Structurational theory

    Cite this

    Oliver, Gillian ; Kim, Yunhyong ; Ross, Seamus. / Documentary genre and digital recordkeeping : Red herring or a way forward?. In: Archival Science. 2008 ; Vol. 8, No. 4. pp. 295-305.
    @article{352e99b8d17e4a219ab505a0a028f964,
    title = "Documentary genre and digital recordkeeping: Red herring or a way forward?",
    abstract = "The purpose of this paper is to provide a preliminary assessment of the utility of the genre concept for digital recordkeeping. The exponential growth in the volume of records created since the 1940s has been a key motivator for the development of strategies that do not involve the review or processing of individual documents or files. Automation now allows processes at a level of granularity that is rarely, if at all, possible in the case of manual processes, without loss of cognisance of context. For this reason, it is timely to revisit concepts that may have been disregarded because of a perceived limited effectiveness in contributing anything to theory or practice. In this paper, the genre concept and its employability in the management of current and archival digital records are considered, as a form of social contextualisation of a document and as an attractive entry point of granularity at which to implement automation of appraisal processes. Particular attention is paid to the structurational view of genre and its connections with recordkeeping theory.",
    keywords = "Genre, Recordkeeping continuum, Structurational theory",
    author = "Gillian Oliver and Yunhyong Kim and Seamus Ross",
    year = "2008",
    month = "12",
    day = "1",
    doi = "10.1007/s10502-009-9090-5",
    language = "English",
    volume = "8",
    pages = "295--305",
    journal = "Archival Science",
    issn = "1389-0166",
    publisher = "Springer-Verlag London Ltd.",
    number = "4",

    }

    Documentary genre and digital recordkeeping : Red herring or a way forward? / Oliver, Gillian; Kim, Yunhyong; Ross, Seamus.

    In: Archival Science, Vol. 8, No. 4, 01.12.2008, p. 295-305.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Documentary genre and digital recordkeeping

    T2 - Red herring or a way forward?

    AU - Oliver, Gillian

    AU - Kim, Yunhyong

    AU - Ross, Seamus

    PY - 2008/12/1

    Y1 - 2008/12/1

    N2 - The purpose of this paper is to provide a preliminary assessment of the utility of the genre concept for digital recordkeeping. The exponential growth in the volume of records created since the 1940s has been a key motivator for the development of strategies that do not involve the review or processing of individual documents or files. Automation now allows processes at a level of granularity that is rarely, if at all, possible in the case of manual processes, without loss of cognisance of context. For this reason, it is timely to revisit concepts that may have been disregarded because of a perceived limited effectiveness in contributing anything to theory or practice. In this paper, the genre concept and its employability in the management of current and archival digital records are considered, as a form of social contextualisation of a document and as an attractive entry point of granularity at which to implement automation of appraisal processes. Particular attention is paid to the structurational view of genre and its connections with recordkeeping theory.

    AB - The purpose of this paper is to provide a preliminary assessment of the utility of the genre concept for digital recordkeeping. The exponential growth in the volume of records created since the 1940s has been a key motivator for the development of strategies that do not involve the review or processing of individual documents or files. Automation now allows processes at a level of granularity that is rarely, if at all, possible in the case of manual processes, without loss of cognisance of context. For this reason, it is timely to revisit concepts that may have been disregarded because of a perceived limited effectiveness in contributing anything to theory or practice. In this paper, the genre concept and its employability in the management of current and archival digital records are considered, as a form of social contextualisation of a document and as an attractive entry point of granularity at which to implement automation of appraisal processes. Particular attention is paid to the structurational view of genre and its connections with recordkeeping theory.

    KW - Genre

    KW - Recordkeeping continuum

    KW - Structurational theory

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=77349088939&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    U2 - 10.1007/s10502-009-9090-5

    DO - 10.1007/s10502-009-9090-5

    M3 - Article

    VL - 8

    SP - 295

    EP - 305

    JO - Archival Science

    JF - Archival Science

    SN - 1389-0166

    IS - 4

    ER -