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Archiving for the future: the archivist as researcher

Bishop, Libby (2007) Archiving for the future: the archivist as researcher. Working Paper. UK Data Archive.

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Abstract

There has always been a strong argument for broad and deep collaboration between the research and data archiving communities. This paper argues that one of these forms of engagement—the archivist as active researcher—is an increasingly valuable element for modern data archives. In this paper, I examine several phases of archival processing, from pre-ingest to enabling access to preserved materials. Within each of the phases, I argue that closer linkages between archives and the research community can be enabled by supporting active researchers within the archive, and that the institutional strength of the archive, including its standing in the wider community, can only benefit as a result. In two areas, gaining researchers‟ trust to handle issues of confidentiality and developing materials to promote reuse, archivist-researcher skills seem to have the greatest benefits. Despite these apparent benefits, the practice is still rather limited. The paper discusses selected reasons for this and then argues that recent changes may be weakening these barriers and increasing the opportunities for archivists as research scholars

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: data archive; research; archival data; secondary analysis; reuse; qualitative
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals > CD921 Archives
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > UK Data Archive
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 14:30
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2012 09:25
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2152

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