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ERIC Number: EJ884699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1533-2748
Mapping the Socio-Technical Complexity of Australian Science: From Archival Authorities to Networks of Contextual Information
McCarthy, Gavan; Evans, Joanne
Journal of Archival Organization, v5 n1-2 p149-175 2007
This article examines the evolution of a national register of the archives of science and technology in Australia and the related development of an archival informatics focused initially on people and their relationships to archival materials. The register was created in 1985 as an in-house tool for the Australian Science Archives Project of the University of Melbourne. Its potential as a public reference guide for historians of science and technology soon became apparent. The story of the computerisation and publication of the register provides the background for the examination of the use of archival authority records as a means of finding better ways of connecting archives with their potential users. The success of this approach led to demands from the community for a generic database tool using a framework based on the authoritative entities associated with archival materials-an activity that we started to call contextual information management. The Online Heritage Resource Manager (OHRM) was created in response to these calls, and the story of its development as a tool for mapping networks of contextual information is told in the latter part of the article. (Contains 54 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia