"Harnessing the Power of Documentary Genre"
Diverse types of documentary forms (documents, books, audio-visuals, photos, newspapers etc) will contribute to The National Debt Redemption Movement Archive. These documentary forms can be understood as ‘genres’, socially recognised communication norms. Defining the specific characteristics of each genre will be essential in order to develop appropriate ingest, storage and access strategies. However, a focus solely on individual classes of genres risks neglecting or obscuring the critical relationships between them. The concept of genre system provides a more holistic perspective on multiple genres being part of a shared communicative action, and thus can mitigate against the danger of archiving just ‘part of the story’.
Gillian Oliver is Associate Professor of Information Management in the Department of Human Centred Computing, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia. She is the Faculty’s Director of External Learning and leader of the Digital Equity & Digital Transformation research group. She was Senior Advisor, Digital Preservation at Archives New Zealand, and her subsequent digital archives research has focused on ingest related activities including selection and appraisal. She is co-author of four books, including Digital Curation, 2nd ed. (American Library Association, 2016) and Recordkeeping cultures, 2nd ed (Facet, 2020) and is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Archival Science.