Records Continuum Research Group (RCRG)

The Records Continuum Research Group (RCRG) is the focal point for a community of national and international researchers, educators and practitioners developing archival and recordkeeping theory and practice to meet the complex challenges of the digital and networked information age.

Formed in the early 1990s at Monash University by Frank Upward, Sue McKemmish and Livia Iacovino, and with continuum conceptualisations of recordkeeping as an anchor point, RCRG researchers have

  • contributed to ground-breaking collaborative local and international projects that have evolved continuum models and theory,
  • influenced national and international recordkeeping standards,
    conceptualised pioneering metadata models,
  • developed inclusive research designs,
  • explored the design of trusted archival systems, and
  • advanced the need for culturally and politically sensitive archival education.

Our most recent research focuses on exploring the archival multiverse, identifying and addressing the needs of a participatory archival and recordkeeping paradigm, and continued extension and enhancement of continuum models.

Affiliates of the group have written numerous high-impact journal articles, published key monographs, devised and undertaken a range of research projects, and presented at many conferences and symposia.

The RCRG has also established a vibrant, world leading, doctoral research program exploring the role of archives and recordkeeping in society, and investigating the complexity and plurality of recorded information in spacetime.

For more information see http://recordscontinuum.info

Projects

Current Research Themes

Archives and the Rights of the Child

The Archives and the Rights of the Child Research Program brings together community advocates, practitioners, and researchers from a range of disciplines to re-imagine recordkeeping and archiving systems in support of responsive and accountable child-centred out-of-home care and as enablers of historical justice and reconciliation.

Recordkeeping Informatics

Recordkeeping Informatics is a way of conceptualising recordkeeping for 21st century organisations and communities. It is based on two building blocks - continuum thinking and recordkeeping metadata - and the exploration of three facets - information culture, access and business processes - to rethink recordkeeping approaches to better deal with the expanding continuum of recorded information that is a hallmark of the digital and networked age. It aims to take into account the social, cognitive and technological characteristics of our current environment and address the collapse in collective memory brought about by digital disruption.

Past Projects

People

Sue McKemmish
Gillian Oliver
Joanne Evans
Frank Upward
Barbara Reed

PhD students:
Greg Rolan
Catherine Nicholls
Belinda Battley
Elizabeth Daniels
Katherine Jarvie
Narissa Timbery
Hanis Diyana

Affiliates of the group have written numerous high-impact journal articles, published key monographs, devised and undertaken a range of research projects, and presented at many conferences and symposia. RCRG list of publications can be found at http://www.recordscontinuum.info/publications.

Contact

Joanne Evans
Joanne.Evans@monash.edu

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