The Nordic Model of Digital Archiving explores the roots and strengths of Nordic digital archiving and proposes new directions to guide digital archivists in addressing the challenges posed by ever-changing digital technologies and the datafication of information and records.

Digitization and born-digital records promise efficient and cost-effective solutions to everything from preservation of data to easy user access. However, digitization also poses challenges for archival practitioners worldwide. Bringing together contributions from practitioners and academics to offer a range of international case studies, this book offers practical solutions for archivists in terms of governance, technologies and processes. It highlights and analyses the cornerstones of the Nordic model of archiving: reliance on standards; powerful regulatory instruments - especially in public sector archiving, including legislation; and collaboration between archivists and government agencies, and among different tiers of central and local government. While showcasing work in the Nordic region for the benefit of archivists and record keepers globally, this volume also challenges the limits of the Nordic model with insights drawn from international archival theory.

The Nordic Model of Digital Archiving offers a new perspective on archiving that will be of interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students of archiving, digital archives and records management.

chapter 1|20 pages

The Nordic model of digital archiving

An introduction

part Section I|73 pages

Evolutions in Nordic digital archiving

chapter 2|19 pages

Archival paradigms

The past, present, and digitised future of Danish archiving

chapter 4|17 pages

A continuum of recordkeeping?

The possibilities and challenges of born-digital public records in Denmark and Sweden

chapter 5|17 pages

A bold attempt to kill off the registry in Nordic public administration

A review of proposed archival legislation in Sweden and Norway

part Section II|78 pages

The value of standardisation

chapter 6|18 pages

Continuities and innovations

Comparing Danish and Canadian digital archiving

chapter 7|20 pages

“One system to rule them all”

The limited success of information control systems in Finland

chapter 8|17 pages

From national to international standards in Norway

From documents to data?

chapter 9|21 pages

Transforming archival records into historical big data

Visualising human and computer processes in the Link-Lives project

part Section III|49 pages

Gaps in Nordic digital archiving

chapter 10|13 pages

“That's Us with the Originals”

Authenticity and interactivity in Danish digital archiving

chapter 12|15 pages

Collecting social digital photography

Nordic archives and museums learn through participatory collection strategies

chapter 13|10 pages

Private audiovisual media archives in Greenland

A case study of TV-Aasiaat's audiovisual archives from the 1990s

part Section IV|67 pages

Cultures of records professionals

chapter 17|17 pages

Digital Iceland

Why records professionals need to be part of digitisation

chapter |14 pages


chapter 18|12 pages

The Nordic model

Some reflections on its strengths and omissions