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ERIC Number: EJ875914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0024-2519
Factors Influencing Error Recovery in Collections Databases: A Museum Case Study
Marty, Paul F.
Library Quarterly, v75 n3 p295-328 Jul 2005
This article offers an analysis of the process of error recovery as observed in the development and use of collections databases in a university museum. It presents results from a longitudinal case study of the development of collaborative systems and practices designed to reduce the number of errors found in the museum's databases as museum employees packed and moved their collections over a period of five years. Drawing on a specific set of eighteen months' worth of records documenting error rates and error management techniques, this article identifies three factors that influenced the ability of museum staff members to recover from errors found in their collections databases. The article concludes by examining the potential impact of these factors on the design of future collections databases in order to shed light on the wider issue of error recovery procedures in all information organizations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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