Recordkeeping Informatics research

Recordkeeping Informatics is a way of conceptualising recordkeeping for 21st century organisations and communities. It aims, in the face of a massive expansion in recorded information, to find new ways to adequately address how to use memory and evidence (archives and records) within spacetime management processes to look after the life chances of future generations, maintain mutual associations in civil fashion, govern activities for the greater good, and provide for forensically based investigation of past activities.

Recordkeeping informatics 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.

Recordkeeping informatics encompasses the seminal recordkeeping metadata projects undertaken at Monash in the late 90s/early 2000s:

Featured Projects

  • Learning to Walk the Talk
  • Recordkeeping Informatics Book and Workshops: Recordkeeping Informatics for a Networked Age, by Frank Upward, Barbara Reed, Gillian Oliver and Joanne Evans will be published by Monash University in December 2017.  Workshops in 2016 and 2017 were held in Sydney, Seoul, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Glasgow for practitioners, academics and students.
  • DSTO Project (2012-13)