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Uppmärksammad eller bortglömd?: En undersökning av myndighetsarkivariers deltagande inom e-förvaltning
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Recognized or forgotten? : A study of swedish government archivists participation within e-government. (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines the situation for archivists within the context of e-government in three Swedish authorities. The discussions that are brought up concern the archivists role, professional development and the perspective of information in the context of e-government. Since the purpose with this thesis was mainly concerning the situation for the archivists, the method chosen was a qualitative research method, and it was used in combination with interviews with the archivists at the chosen authorities.

The results show that the archivists within the examined authorities are seen as experts on information management and legislation surrounding it. Problems connected to e-government are that they face prejudice about their capability concerning new technology and digital information. This problem has been handled differently within the authorities, change of official titles has been one tactic.

Their tasks and professional development have been slightly changed as they are working in a higher capacity ahead of the information being created. The change that can be seen in the context of e-government is that archivists are being more visible within their work places, which can be correlated to the e-government that encourage team work and collaborations to create an efficient and accessible authority. What this means for the archivists is that they can use these collaborations to further their own projects and tasks within the organisation in a better way.

Contrary to the belief that archivists can only manage information on paper the participants in this research prove they have adopted well to the way of e-government partly through the Record Continuum Model. They are aware about the different perspectives necessary for handling the new ways of structuring and seeing information, which became clear with the development and structure of e-archives within two of the authorities and the preparation for being connected for the third.

Finally, this thesis shows that archivists are beginning to be able to compete with other departments and professions on the same terms and that they are starting to find their own place within the area of IT and information management.

This is a two years master's thesis in archival science.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsatser inom arkivvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6087 ; 145
Keyword [en]
e-government, archive, swedish government, records managers, archivists, Record Continuum Model
Keyword [sv]
e-förvaltning, arkiv, svenska myndigheter, records managers, arkivarier, Record Continuum-modellen
National Category
Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295372Local ID: 145OAI: diva2:933515
Subject / course
Archival Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-06-06 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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