Convergences in Archives, Records Management, and Research Data Curation - P6 BOF session

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23 September 2015- BREAKOUT 1 - 11:00

Link to the Google document for the breakout groups' notes:


The objective of this BoF is to explore the areas where the principles and practices in the information disciplines of archives, records management, and research data curation overlap and where they diverge. Examining alignments in theoretical frameworks, practical implementations, and goals among these information disciplines and determining areas where practitioners across them can learn from each other could lead to the development of a vibrant community of information professionals working across different domains.

Suggested Readings

For background on the issues, specifically on how digital libraries can be framed in archival theory, please see this talk by Seamus Ross.

For an overview of archival science concepts, please see section one of this overview from from CLIR/Anne Gilliland-Swetland.

For an overview of records management concepts, please see this guide from Jisc.



Introductions (background, interests, “what brings you here”)

Goals of the BoF

Small group brainstorming discussions:

  • What archives principles, practices, and tools could benefit the work of research data management professionals?
  • What records management principles, practices, and tools could benefit the work of research data management professionals?
  • What research data curation principles, practices, and tools could benefit the work of archives and records management professionals?
  • How has your organization organized with respect to research data curation services? Is Archives involved? Is Records Management involved? If so, how has that worked? If not, why not?
  • Do you know of groups that have successfully integrated or collaborated across archives, records management, and data curation services? What is good about how they do it? What could be better?
  • What do you envision as potential practical outcomes or contributions from this group?

Small groups report out to the larger group

Session Chair & Contact Person

Elise Dunham

Session Contributors

Bethany Anderson
Visiting Archival Operations and Reference Specialist
University Archives
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagin

Kelly Chatain
Associate Archivist
Survey Research Operations, Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan

Elise Dunham
Data Curation Specialist
Research Data Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wendy Hagenmeier
Digital Collections Archivist
Georgia Institute of Technology Library

Lizzy Rolando
Research Data Librarian
Georgia Institute of Technology Library