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What archival principles are useful in building an institutional repository?

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  • Identify archival principles from the literature and consider how they apply to your IR.


  • Gilliland-Swetland, Anne J.  Enduring Paradigm, New Opportunities: The Value of the Archival Perspective in the Digital Environment.  Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources. 2000. [Link]

"This report examines the experiences and contributions of the archival community—practicing archivists, manuscript curators, archival academics, and policy makers who work to define and promote the social utility of records and to identify, preserve, and provide access to documentary heritage regardless of format.  The report addresses how the archival science perspective can make a major contribution to a new paradigm for the design, management, preservation, and use of digital resources."

  • Lavoie, B. “The Open Archival Information System Reference Model: Introductory Guide.” DPC Technology Watch Report Series 04-01. 2004. [Link]

"The central concept in the reference model is that of an open archival information system (OAIS). The term open refers to the fact that the reference model was developed and released in an open public forum, in which any interested party was encouraged to participate. An archival information system is 'an organization of people and systems that has accepted the responsibility to preserve information and make it available for a Designated Community.' This definition emphasizes two primary functions for an archival repository: first, to preserve information – i.e., to secure its long-term persistence – and second, to provide access to the archived information, in a manner consistent with the needs of the OAIS’s primary users..."

  • Lee, Christopher A. “Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model.” In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, Third Edition, edited by Marcia J. Bates and Mary Niles Maack.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC

"The Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS) describes components and services required to develop and maintain archives, in order to support long-term access to and understanding of the information in those archives. This entry discusses the context in which the OAIS was initiated and provides a chronology of the OAIS development process, including its transformation from a space data standard into a document of much wider scope."

  • Millar, Laura. Archives: Principles and Practices. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman, 2010.

"Divided into four easy-to-follow parts, this authoritative handbook from experienced archivist Laura A. Millar addresses the contextual, strategic, operational, and practical issues associated with creating an archival program. Millar covers the critical topics you need to know to improve your professional skills, including: establishing principles, policies, and procedures managing day-to-day operations caring for different types of archival materials enhancing outreach and public access ensuring the growth and sustainability of the institution and its services."

  • O’Meara, Erin, and Meg Tuomala. 2012. “Finding Balance Between Archival Principles and Real-Life Practices in an Institutional Repository.” Archivaria 73 (April): 81–103. [Link]

"Today’s archivists struggle to find a balance between theory and practice in their professional duties, especially when tasked with designing and implementing an institutional repository. This article explores the intersections between theory and real-life practice through a discussion of relevant archival theory and realistic advice, and an examination of how some of these theories were, or were not, applied in the development of the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), the institutional repository at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)."

  • Ross, Seamus.  "Digital Preservation, Archival Science and Methodological Foundations for Digital Libraries."  Keynote Address at the 11th European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL), Budapest (17 September 2007). [Link]
"Building on the work of Digital Preservation Europe (DPE) and the Digital Preservation Cluster of DELOS and taking the theoretical framework of archival science as bedrock, this paper investigates digital preservation and its foundational role if digital libraries are to have longā€term viability at the centre of the global information society."


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