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Short Papers: Digital Information Management

July 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0


Chair: Allison Tyler

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Linked Open Data – a means of future-proofing the archives sector?


Ashleigh Hawkins, University of Liverpool

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Since 2010, the archives sector has been engaged in incorporating Linked Data, and subsequently Linked Open Data (LD), into description and other archival processes. Evidence of the benefits of LD for archives was provided by early projects, including the LOCAH and Linking Lives projects undertaken by the UK’s Archives Hub, a trio of projects at King’s College London, and the Australian Architectural Practice in Post-war Queensland project. The evidence base has subsequently been expanded by more recent projects, such as the ongoing Linked Jazz project at the Pratt Institute School of Library Information Science, and the Finnish BiographySampo and WarSampo projects. Over the past few years, investment in LD has also been seen both at the national and international level with many cross-sectoral collaborations, including the Towards a National Collections Project, publication of the Europeana Linked Open Data service, OCLC’s Project Passage, and the ICA’s development of the Records in Contexts Ontology. While there has been some scholarly examination (Gracy, 2015; Niu, 2016), individual case studies dominate the discussion, sharing tried and tested processes and methods essential to help implementers plan future projects and inform the development of best practices and guidelines. However, in focusing on the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of LD, few have interrogated why archives should invest, and what the benefits might be. Drawing on PhD research examining current perceptions of the benefits of LD for archives, this work in progress paper considers the extent to which LD may offer a means of future-proofing the archives sector. In questioning the extent to which it improves archival processes, the potential it offers for expanding the profile of the GLAM sector, and examining evidence of increased sustainability of archival metadata, I will present one of the key arguments for archival investment in LD.

Will this session be recorded for the AERI2021 Youtube channel? Yes


Analysis on the Content and Characteristics of Information Dissemination of China Archives WeChat Official Account


Feng Jiaqi and Jia Xiaoshuang, Renmin University of China


The WeChat official accounts are application accounts that a developer or merchant applies for on the WeChat official platform. Through the official accounts, relevant subjects can realize all-round communication and interaction with specific groups, including text, pictures, voice, and video. Since its launch in 2012, the WeChat official account has gradually become an important platform for various organizations to display themselves, enhance their influence, and facilitate users with its unique advantages. The archives are also actively relying on WeChat official accounts to carry out publicity services. As of January 11, 2021, there are a total of 487 archive WeChat official accounts in effective operation in China, which act as propagandists of archives knowledge, broadcasters of archives work and communicators with profile users. Under the above background, the authors adopt the content analysis method and select the top ten WeChat official accounts ranking in the 2020 China’s Archive WeChat Official Account List as the statistical samples, after basic analysis, we further extract the information content released by the sample, then perform content coding and visual analysis according to the six indicators of title, keywords, number of views, number of views, release form, and language style. Finally, we summarize the content and form, characteristics and highlights of Chinese archive information dissemination. We hope that this research can provide some suggestions for the optimization and improvement of China’s archives WeChat official accounts.


Research on the Problems Existing in the Transfer of College Student Archives in China


Wang Zican, School of Information Resources Management, Renmin University of China


Personnel archive is an important feature of China’s personnel management system. It is the evidence of personal identity, educational background and qualifications. Generally speaking, student archives are an important part of personnel archives. According to the principle of ” personnel archives transfer with people “, the archives of college graduates should be transferred from the school to their work units. At this time, student archives will officially become personnel archives, which are closely related to personal wages, social labor security and membership credentials. Therefore, it is particularly important to realize the smooth transition from student archives to personnel archives, which is the purpose of transferring student archives. The smooth transmission of student archives is not only related to the change of their study and work identity, but also related to the integrity and continuity of their personnel archives. However, there are many chaotic phenomena such as abandonment, loss and damage of student archives in reality, which leads to the continuous fracture of their personnel archives, which not only affects the integrity of their personnel archives, but also has a negative impact on their future work and life. This paper attempts to explore the reasons behind the chaos, and puts forward the corresponding solutions. Specifically, this paper will conduct a questionnaire survey and interviews with the groups who have handled the business of student archive transfer. The survey found that the confounding of transfer methods, the opacity of transfer process and the lack of understanding of the importance of archives transmission are the three major reasons that affect the quality of transfer of student archives. Based on this, this paper believes that standardizing the transfer methods and implementation rules, promoting the transparency of the transfer process and enhancing the propaganda of the importance of archives transmission are the solutions to related problems.

Will this session be recorded for the AERI2021 Youtube channel: No


July 13
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0
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