Towards a human right in recordkeeping and archives

Kathy Carbone, Anne J. Gilliland, Antonina Lewis, Sue McKemmish, Gregory Rolan

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The global Rights in Records for Refugees (R3) and the Rights in Childhood Recordkeeping in Out-of-Home Care in Australia research projects have both surfaced the role that rights in recordkeeping and archives might play in actualising the human rights of refugees of all demographics, and Care-experienced children and adults, including Australian Indigenous children and the Stolen Generation. Each has centred and privileged the experiences of those who are disempowered and unable to exercise their human rights in major part due to governmental and institutional recordkeeping policies, practices and technologies. Each has also taken a participatory and critical approach, applying testimonial and instrumental warrant analysis. In this paper, we first demonstrate how rights in records are critical to actualizing human rights and self-determination. We then map and discuss the convergences and divergences of key findings of the two projects, with reference to their contextual differences, similarities and overlaps. Based on this comparison, we propose a new global human rights framework encompassing three high-level sets of rights in records, recordkeeping and archives: Recordkeeping and Archival Sovereignty and Participation; Disclosure and Access; and Privacy and Safe Recordkeeping Places.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiversity, Divergence, Dialogue
Subtitle of host publication16th International Conference, iConference 2021 Beijing, China, March 17–31, 2021 Proceedings, Part II
EditorsKatharina Toeppe, Hui Yan, Samuel Kai Chu
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030713058
ISBN (Print)9783030713041
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventiConference 2021 - Virtual, Beijing, China
Duration: 17 Mar 202131 Mar 2021
Conference number: 16th (Proceedings) (Website)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceiConference 2021
Abbreviated titleiConference 2021
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  • Archives
  • Recordkeeping
  • Records
  • Rights

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