Abstract of presentation to be given by Dr. David Thomas

Do changes to records technology or management practices threaten openness?

Dr. David Thomas, session 1

This paper is concerned with the question of whether the rapid changes to the ways in which information is recorded and managed in the digital world poses a threat to openness.  There is precious little point in worrying about FoI or Data Protection or anything else if records of value to researchers are not selected, don’t survive, or can’t be found.  I will also be suggesting that, in order to deal with some of the issues I have described we need to adopt a new and radical approach to thinking about digital records.  I’m going to end with a few paragraphs on a recent research project into open-source documents produced by  Islamic State which has some lessons for today.

 

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