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Records, Information and Data
Geoffrey Yeo
Item Number: 978-1-78330-226-0
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Price: $94.00
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192 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 9781783302260
Year Published: 2018

This title will be available Summer 2018. You may place an order and the item will be shipped when it becomes available.

Can archives and records management still make a distinctive contribution in the 21st century, or are they now being dissolved into a wider world of information governance? What should be our conceptual understanding of records in the digital era? What are the practical implications of the information revolution for the work of archivists and records managers?

Yeo, a distinguished expert in the global field, explores concepts of "records" and "archives" and sets today’s record-keeping and archival practices in their historical context. He examines changing perceptions of the nature and purpose of records management and archival work, notions of convergence among information-related disciplines, and archivists’ and records managers’ attitudes to information and its governance.

Starting with Peter Morville’s dictum that "when we try to define information, we become lost in a hall of mirrors," Yeo considers different understandings of the concept of "information" and their applicability to the field of archives and records management. He also looks at the world of data science and data administration, and asks whether and how far recent work in this area can enhance our knowledge of how records function and how they relate to the information universe. Key topics covered include:

  • the keeping of records: a brief historical overview;
  • thinking about records and archives: the transition to the digital;
  • archivists, records managers, and the allure of information;
  • finding a way through the hall of mirrors: concepts of information;
  • records and data; and       
  • why records are not (just) information; understanding records in the digital era.

This thought provoking and timely book is primarily intended for records managers and archivists, but should also be of interest to professionals in a range of information-related disciplines. In addressing the place of record-keeping in contemporary information culture, it aims to provide a balance of theory and practice that will appeal to practitioners as well as students and academics around the world.

About the Author

Geoffrey Yeo
is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Information Studies at University College London, UK. His previous work for Facet includes Managing Records: A Handbook of Principles and Practice (with Elizabeth Shepherd, 2003), and Managing Records in Global Financial Markets (with Lynn Coleman, Victoria Lemieux and Rod Stone, 2011).

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