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Records Continuum 2011/08/05

Posted by nydawg in Education, Records Management.
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Imagine a 3D cube model for the “[Australian] records continuum” model:

Frank Upward, senior lecturer in the Department of Librarianship, Archives and Records at Monash University.:

  • The records continuum is becoming a much used term, but has seldom been defined in ways which show it is a time/space model not a life of the records model. . Dictionary definitions of a continuum describe such features as its continuity, the indescernibility of its parts, and the way its elements pass into each other. Precise definitions, accordingly, have to discern the indiscernible, identify points that are not distinct, and do so in ways which accomodate the continuity of change.  
Records Continuum

                                                                3D records continuum

Learn more about the Australian records continuum model by reading Upward’s “Structuring the Records Continuum – Part One: Postcustodial Principles and Properties” to learn more about the Australian model (which has been working) from 1996.



1. nydawg - 2011/08/11

Something to think about: all this aggregated data (or words), but what does it mean?! Does anyone else find this emerging field of “Digital Humanities” a little bit opaque?!  Just remember: much of this aggregated info wil be effected (or is it affected) by OCR errors Digital Humanities story from Dec 31, 1956:  “So last week at the Jesuit philosophical institute known as the Aloysianum (for St Aloysius Gonzaga) in Gallarate, near Milan, man put his electronic brains to work for the glory of God. The experiment began ten years ago, when a young Jesuit named Roberto Busa at Rome’s Gregorian University chose an extraordinary project for his doctor’s thesis in theology: sorting out the different shades of meaning of every word used by St. Thomas Aquinas. But when he found that Aquinas had written 13 million words, Busa sadly settled for an analysis of only one word— the various meanings assigned by St. Thomas to the preposition “in.” Even this took him four years, and it irked him that the original task remained undone http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,867529,00.htm sounds familiar, right?  from the ny times 2011: “Scholars in the growing field of digital humanities can tackle this question by analyzing enormous numbers of texts at once. When books and other written documents are gathered into an electronic corpus, one“subcorpus” can be compared with another: all the digitized fiction for instance, can be stacked up against other genres of writing, like news reports, academic papers or blog posts http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/books/review/the-mechanic-muse-the-… or “When There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Information” “STILL, the software industry is making a big bet that the data-driven decision making described in Mr. Brynjolfsson’s research is the wave of the future. The drive to help companies find meaningful patterns in the data that engulfs them has created a fast-growing industry in what is known as “business intelligence” or “analytics” software and services. Major technology companies — I.B.M., Oracle, SAP and Microsoft — have collectively spent more than $25 billion buying up specialist companies in the field. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/business/24unboxed.html?scp=13&sq=m.. or [apologies for extra ads on the nytimes site] from 2010: “Analyzing vast digital libraries present “for the first time the possibility that we can conduct a comprehensive survey of Victorian writing — not just the well-known Mills and Carlyles, but tens of thousands of lesser-known or even forgotten authors.”” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/04/books/04victorian.htm dk###

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