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Title:Appraisal, provenance, and the computer revolution: An examination of organizational records in the electronic age
Author(s):Thiele, Harold E., Jr.
Information theory
Abstract:One of the by-products of the Second World War was the computer. Originally conceived as an electro-mechanical device capable of performing the repetitive numerical operations needed to produce ballistics tables, the computer slowly evolved into the multi-functional machine that dominates offices throughout the world. The development of the multi-functional computer and the introduction of high speed networking technology is changing how individuals and businesses perform their daily operations, and, as a consequence, the type of records they are producing. As the tsunami of technology surges onward, efforts are being made to understand the changes and consequences of the computer revolution. These changes are calling into question many of the traditional assumptions archivists and records managers use to appraise and classify records. This article examines some of these assumptions and explores proposed solutions to the problems relating to appraisal and classification of organizational records in the electronic era.
Issue Date:1998
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:Thiele, Harold E. "Appraisal, Provenance, and the Computer Revolution: An Examination of Organizational Records in the Electronic Age." Katharine Sharp Review, no. 6 (1998).
Series/Report:Katharine Sharp Review ; no. 006, Winter, 1998
Rights Information:Copyright 1998 is held by Harold E. Thiele, Jr.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-20

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