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Anatomy of Context: A Framework Analysis for Archival Knowledge Organization

Amelia Abreu

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


This study explores the relationship between current production of archival description and that of bibliographic records and user tags. Archivists' descriptions indicate the subject matter of the collection in a similar manner as bibliographic records, but also indicate the collection's provenance, attribute significance to the materials, and give the history of the collection in the archive and outside it. In this study, I analyze the structure of archival description in comparison to subject cataloging and user tagging. Adapting Tennis' 2006 framework, I look at Work Processes, Discourse, Structural Components and Descriptive Structures associated with these practices. By analyzing archival description under a common measure with concurrent descriptive practice, this work will help to gain synchronicity in linking data by subject, describing materials on the web, integrating archival measures in future descriptive schemes.

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