Application of New Archival Theory and Database Technologies
Presentations at Archives and Reform - Preparing for Tomorrow, Australian Society of Archivists 1997 National Conference, Adelaide, 24- 26 July 1997.
Much has been written about the threat digitization poses to our
ability to identify, preserve and maintain access to records that
form the evidential basis of our corporate, cultural and societal
memory. Technology seems to present insurmountable problems for
archivists to accomplish their mission. Or alternatively it could
be the means to make the profession irrelevant - if you believe
what you read in some IT promotional material.
However, the reality is that technology, far from being a threat
to our existence, is an opportunity to be embraced. A means by
which archivists can move closer to their lofty ideals, placing
the profession on a sure footing in tomorrow's information world.
I believe that is the idea behind the need for reform, expressed
in this conference's title, and that we are here to prepare for
our place in tomorrow. But what reform is required? Change for
change sake? Reform because we are forced to? Or maybe reform
because we want to?
At the Australian Science Archives Project, we are quite excited about the opportunities new technology can bring. In this session, we aim to share some of our enthusiasm, in describing our Archival Data-management System - hereafter known as the ADS - and some of the rewards harnessing technology can bring. We will look at the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the system as reflected in the structure, examine its archival functionality and explore outputs and future possibilities.