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Archival Records as Cultural Goods


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Heđbeli, Živana. (2007). Archival Records as Cultural Goods. In: 1. međunarodna znanstvena konferencija "The Future of Information Sciences: INFuture2007 – Digital Information and Heritage", 7.-9. studenoga 2007., Zagreb.

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Regulations on archives and archival records and on protection of cultural monuments apply to archival records. Archive material, records, documents, letters, manuscripts, films, buildings and other facilities that permanently preserve or display cultural goods are cultural goods. The owner of a cultural good is obliged to enable accessibility to the cultural good to the public. Duties connected with the protection of archive material are performed by the archives. What is archival records mainly and mostly depends on records’ creator, or on a context of records’ creation. Partially that is why is so difficult to identify at first sight if some record is archival. It seems that the main archival records’ nature or essence is not as mush its permanent value as its uniqueness, fact that certain act was created only in as much of copies as necessary to perform a task, and is not designed for dissemination. Information technology causes changes in archives’ work. Traditional, classical records become digitally accessible by scanning. On-line accessibility of records enables simultaneous usage of the same records by several users. That was not possible with traditional records. Today’s demands require that all the users should be allowed to use and interpret records according to theirs own needs. That is a new idea for archivists, and implies acceptance of users’ competence in relations to research field and not enforcement of “right” way how to understand the records. IT have lead at the end of the last century, to creation of the first archival standards: ISAD(G) and ISAAR (CPF). IT influence indirectly leads to acceleration of human rights protection. Greater accessibility of electronic records and standardization of finding aids unavoidably leads archival profession to leave its hermetisam and false self-sufficiency. Archival profession has to learn to respect different opinions and to achieve joint point of views by discussion and dialog.

Item Type: Published conference work (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: archival records, cultural goods, users
Subjects: Information sciences > Archivistics and documentation
Departments: Department of Information Science
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 09:29
Last Modified: 19 May 2017 09:29

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