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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32433

Title: Our Expectations About Archives: Archival Theory Through a Community Informatics Lens
Authors: Grossman, Ruth
Keywords: Archives
Community Informatics
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking
Citation: Grossman, Ruth (2006). "Our Expectations of Archives: Archival Theory Through a Community Informatics Lens" CRACIN Working Paper No. 17, Toronto: Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking.
Series/Report no.: CRACIN Working Paper
17
Abstract: Archival institutions and the concerns of Community Informatics occupy a great common territory and yet little familiarity (and even less interaction) exists between the discourses. What do community informatics and archives have to talk about? Why are they ostensibly opposed in theory and practice? How might the roadblocks to a growing potential for joint programming be dematerialized and what is the rationale for attempting it? The archives is presented as a site of negotiation between public memory and contemporary aspiration. The proposition of creating primary records within the archives challenges certain assumptions regarding long-term custodianship by taking up the uncertainties of active community identity-building, by transferring the inherent philosophical debate to the archives proper, and by seeking strategies by which the infrastructure and conceptualization of archives would be equipped to facilitate an emerging model of community informatics.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32433
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