Placing records continuum theory and practice

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    This article provides an overview of evolving Australian records continuum theory and the records continuum model, which is interpreted as both a metaphor and a new worldview, representing a paradigm shift in Kuhn's sense. ' It is based on a distillation of research findings drawn from discourse, literary warrant and historical analysis, as well as case studies, participant observation and reflection. The article traces the emergence in Australia in the 1990s of a community of practice which has taken continuum rather than life cycle based perspectives, and adopted postcustodial approaches to recordkeeping and archiving. It "places" the evolution of records continuum theory and practice in Australia in the context of a larger international discourse that was reconceptualizing traditional theory, and "reinventing" records and archives practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)333-359
    Number of pages27
    JournalArchival Science
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


    • Archival metatext
    • Recordkeeping
    • Records continuum

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