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The influence of international standards for archival description on the content and usability of information aids


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Stanić, Karlo. (2018). The influence of international standards for archival description on the content and usability of information aids. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Information Science. [mentor Stančić, Hrvoje and Ivanović, Jozo].

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Archives are the keepers of knowledge and guardians of heritage of all countries. Need for access to archive material is growing each day, especially since the uprise of computers and growth of digital literacy. Most of archival materials is publicly available for users. International standards for archival description had great influence on archival operations and usage of archival materials. ISAD(G) (International Standard for Archival Description) was developed by a Committee of International Council on Archives. Though at beginning it caused a lot of scepticism by the archivists for implementing the standardized rules, especially because archives are different from country to country and have their specifics, it was latter accepted because it greatly helped with electronic archival description for which it was later realized it could greatly help connecting archives around the word. The goal of archival description is to identify and clarify context and content of archival materials and in that manner facilitate its availability. That is accomplished by making clear and appropriate representation and organizing according to models that were determined in advance. The most important characteristic of ISAD(G) standard is multi-level description which enabled description of funds and subfunds on lower levels and greatly improved content in informative aids before implementation of standard which was consisted mostly from listing of archival materials. That enabled better usage of information aids, from descriptive side and from the side of content which can be found in them. One of the main reasons for implementation of international standard is the unique identificator which is given to each fund. That identificator enables easier international exchange of archival materials and networking of archives. From examples of old and new information aids we can see differences and positive influence of ISAD(G) standard on those aids. By analysing the information aids one can notice that they are developed by experts guided by the instructions from the standards and made content detailed thus creating useful information aids using which it is later easy to search through the materials.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: archival materials, ISAD(G), archival standards, archival description, information aids
Subjects: Information sciences > Archivistics and documentation
Departments: Department of Information Science
Supervisor: Stančić, Hrvoje and Ivanović, Jozo
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 11:49
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2018 11:49

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