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Bevarandeperspektivet i det offentliga Sverige : den nya arkivredovisningens inverkan på bevarandet hos svenska myndigheter

Bergquist, Nanna LU and Drugge, Mikael LU (2015) ABMM34 20151
Division of ALM
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences
Abstract
In this master’s thesis we aim to answer whether the employees’ awareness of preservation has increased within the Swedish government agencies, on account of the new process oriented archival description developed by the Swedish National Archive. The process oriented archival description is based on the concept of describing archives on the outset of business processes, activities and transactions. We argue that this new archival description has prompted a change in the archival practice, since the description is now done by the archivist in advance and not as an afterthought, as was the common practice before. The object of the new archival description is to better mirror each organization’s own unique functions. To achieve this the... (More)
In this master’s thesis we aim to answer whether the employees’ awareness of preservation has increased within the Swedish government agencies, on account of the new process oriented archival description developed by the Swedish National Archive. The process oriented archival description is based on the concept of describing archives on the outset of business processes, activities and transactions. We argue that this new archival description has prompted a change in the archival practice, since the description is now done by the archivist in advance and not as an afterthought, as was the common practice before. The object of the new archival description is to better mirror each organization’s own unique functions. To achieve this the archivist creates the archival description in dialogue with the experts of these specific functions, i.e. the employees of the organization. We argue that if the archivist’s outreach is successful it could increase the awareness of preservation of records amongst the organization’s employees.
In our research study we also intend to determine if the archivists experience a change in their professional role as a consequence of the new archival description. Since an ubiquitous dialogue is imperative to establish awareness of records preservation amongst government agency employees, we also explore how the archivists mediate the purpose of preserving public records. In order to analyze these aspects we study two Swedish government agencies – The Swedish Customs and the urban planning office in Malmö. The research study has a qualitative approach and our empirical material consists of interviews and policy documents relating to the organizations’ archival descriptions.
The theoretical framework of this thesis is built upon Terry Cook’s definition of postmodern archival theory, in which he argues that there has been a paradigm shift within the archival field, prompted by technological and philosophical progress in society. We intend to examine how this paradigm shift correlates with the Swedish archival practice. Furthermore we will translate the organizational theory presented by Chris Grey, amongst others, to a Swedish organizational context in order to answer whether the organizational culture has an impact on the mediation and reception of the preservation perspective. (Less)
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  abstract     = {In this master’s thesis we aim to answer whether the employees’ awareness of preservation has increased within the Swedish government agencies, on account of the new process oriented archival description developed by the Swedish National Archive. The process oriented archival description is based on the concept of describing archives on the outset of business processes, activities and transactions. We argue that this new archival description has prompted a change in the archival practice, since the description is now done by the archivist in advance and not as an afterthought, as was the common practice before. The object of the new archival description is to better mirror each organization’s own unique functions. To achieve this the archivist creates the archival description in dialogue with the experts of these specific functions, i.e. the employees of the organization. We argue that if the archivist’s outreach is successful it could increase the awareness of preservation of records amongst the organization’s employees.
In our research study we also intend to determine if the archivists experience a change in their professional role as a consequence of the new archival description. Since an ubiquitous dialogue is imperative to establish awareness of records preservation amongst government agency employees, we also explore how the archivists mediate the purpose of preserving public records. In order to analyze these aspects we study two Swedish government agencies – The Swedish Customs and the urban planning office in Malmö. The research study has a qualitative approach and our empirical material consists of interviews and policy documents relating to the organizations’ archival descriptions.
The theoretical framework of this thesis is built upon Terry Cook’s definition of postmodern archival theory, in which he argues that there has been a paradigm shift within the archival field, prompted by technological and philosophical progress in society. We intend to examine how this paradigm shift correlates with the Swedish archival practice. Furthermore we will translate the organizational theory presented by Chris Grey, amongst others, to a Swedish organizational context in order to answer whether the organizational culture has an impact on the mediation and reception of the preservation perspective.},
  author       = {Bergquist, Nanna and Drugge, Mikael},
  keyword      = {Archival description,Process orientation,Preservation,Archival science,ALM,Postmodernistisk arkivteori,Organisationskultur,Myndighetsutövande,Dokumenthantering,Arkivredovisning,Processorientering,Bevarande,Arkivvetenskap,ABM,Records management,Governance,Organization culture,Postmodern archival theory},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Bevarandeperspektivet i det offentliga Sverige : den nya arkivredovisningens inverkan på bevarandet hos svenska myndigheter},
  year         = {2015},
}