Charter for the Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data IG

24 Mar 2016

Charter for the Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data IG

REVISED with responses to TAB review comments - updated Charter document attached to this page.



The objective of this group 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. Archives and records professionals serve in a range of critical roles: as experts in ensuring access, preservation, and reuse of records and archival collections; as provocateurs for good records curation practices; and as advocates for the construction of sustainable infrastructures for information sharing. Examining alignments in theoretical frameworks, practical implementations, and goals among archivists, records managers and data curators will lead to the development of a vibrant community of information professionals working in a more interoperable way across different domains.

The proposed IG is explicitly aligned with RDA’s goal to build social bridges that enable the open sharing of data. Specifically, the IG will build relationships among professionals who are committed to developing data sharing frameworks and practices that are able to withstand the various challenges introduced by the passage of time: technological obsolescence, loss of contextual understanding of data, and resource constraints that make it impractical to commit to preserving all data forever. By creating a space for archivists, records management professionals, and data curators to come together, this IG has the potential to act as a launching pad for RDA Working Groups that will produce recommendations addressing these challenges by bringing preservation, arrangement and description, and appraisal methodologies from the archives and records professions to the RDA community. This IG also aims to to bring the skills and competencies which have long existed in the archives and records management communities to the wider RDA community ­ many of whom will not be aware of this existing expertise.

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Review period start: 
Thursday, 24 March, 2016 to Sunday, 24 April, 2016