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The question of responsibility for long-term digital preservation
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0697-4570
University of Oslo.
2007 (English)In: Proceedings of the 30th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, IRIS 30 / [ed] Tarja Tiainen; Hannakaisa Isomäki; Mikko Korpela; Anja Mursu; Minna-Kristiina Paakki; Samuli Pekkola, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Tampere , 2007, p. 1195-Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper intends to analyze and discuss the matter of responsibility for longterm digital preservation. The reason for this is that previous research has shown that for the moment the responsibility many times rests solely with archivists (Runardotter, 2007). This is a rather problematic scenario, considering that their professional background builds on archival theory, and that archivists are recognized as being connected with paper, or analogue, media. We thus concentrate on archivists' current situation and the impact of information technology and long-term digital preservation on the same. We start with analyzing archivists' current situation from three arenas - the local, the managerial and the national. Based on this we discuss constructions of archivists in relation to information technology, whether archivists are regarded as keepers or facilitators, and what kind of actor role archivists are assigned. Finally we discuss what the constructions imply concerning the responsibility for long-term digital preservation. We have found that archivists and national policies have a rather coherent view. The responsibility for longterm digital preservation should rest with management, and archival matters should be approached in a pro-active manner. Archival matters are a concern for the organization per se, and cooperation and coordination of responsibility issues is necessary. Finally, archivists should be participating actors in IT and long-term digital preservation matters, and focus on facilitating access to archival material.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Department of Computer Sciences, University of Tampere , 2007. p. 1195-
Series
D - Net Publications, ISSN 1795-4274 ; D-2007-9
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-31541Local ID: 5c2b6670-44c0-11dc-8b30-000ea68e967bISBN: 978-951-44-7048-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-31541DiVA, id: diva2:1004775
Conference
Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia : 11/08/2007 - 14/08/2007
Note

Godkänd; 2007; 20070807 (anita_g)

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