What options are available to a small scale collecting repository when the core documentation in
its primary subject area is no longer created in traditionally manageable formats? How well do
traditional methods for appraising institutional records, which were developed in the context of
stable, structured organizations, adapt to increasingly distributed, dynamic organizations whose
records are primarily born-digital? For a collecting repository whose subject area is high
technology, the problem feels particularly acute: the irony of trying to capture adequate
documentation of developments in information technology in paper only is ever present.
These questions were at the core of a collaborative project, funded by the National Historical
Publications and Records Commission and administered by the University of Minnesota’s Charles
Babbage Institute (CBI) Center for the History of Information Technology between 2003 and
In this article, we describe a few of the methods, findings, and ideas for further exploration
generated during “Documenting Internet2: A Collaborative Model for Developing Electronic
Records Capacities in the Small Archival Repository.”
Developing electronic records capacity in the small collecting repository: the Documenting Internet2 Project. OCLC/RLG DigiNews August 2006.
National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Akmon, Dharma; Kaplan, Elisabeth.
Developing electronic records capacity in the small collecting repository: the Documenting Internet2 Project.
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