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1 RE-INVENTING ARCHIVAL METHODS 2012 Do we agree on what the problems are? Chris Hurley

2 In the beginning … The baby and the bath-water “How will we do that, Doctor?” “I haven’t the faintest idea.” “Do you think you can do it, Doctor?” “You’ll just have to trust me, Jo.” “Doctor, I’m coming with you.”

3 Pre- and post- Bearman The way forward came from the very place that was the source of all our problems – system analysis and design. Many different applications to satisfy one design requirement. I hope we never agree on the “problem” if it means going back to applying unvarying methods to varied situations.

4 The “problem” as I see it Back in the world of traditional knowledge – what to keep and what to discard. Knowing what r/keeping purposes we needed to invent new methods to achieve looked to be the easy part. Turns out, it isn’t.

5 We’ve always known this. Upward : the continuum maps, contains, articulates, and supports new approaches; SPIRT : took one step further towards design solutions; Barbara Reed : takes up the cudgels to remind people what we are trying to achieve; We keep struggling to get that right because that’s the test of every “solution”.

6 One illustration – ICA/Req Incomplete statement of d/m requirements. Someone has to keep up-dating our borrowings (and I bet they aren’t). Harder for non-specialists to understand the pure recordkeeping requirements. Blunts our ability to communicate with data managers and to tell them things they know little about and badly need to hear.


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