SILS hosts NHPRC Electronic Records Research Symposium

Release date: 

November 13, 2006

“Uncertainty, Risk, Trust, and Digital Persistency” was the subject of the keynote presentation by Seamus Ross, director of the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute at the University of Glasgow and associate director of the United Kingdom's Digital Curation Centre, on October 6, 2006.

The presentation, hosted by the School of Information and Library Science, was part of the annual National Historic Publications and Records Commisions (NHPRC) Electronic Records Research Symposium which was held in the Louis Round Wilson Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ross' presentation addressed approaches to measuring uncertainty and managing risk of digital assets against the backdrop of the work of key European projects in the area of digital preservation and curation. These projects are contributing to the global effort to address challenges that make long term accessibility of digital materials an uncertain activity and risks difficult to assess and manage.

Fellows from the 2005-2006 grant year were in attendance to present their research results, and fellowship recipients for the 2006-2007 grant year discussed their project abstracts and research plans.

The 2005/2006 Fellows and their research included:

  • Fortune 100 + Private 100 Electronic Records Management Study
    - Carol E. B. Choksy
  • Determining Current Practices for College and University Electronic Records Management Programs
    - Marcia Frank Peri & Lisl Zach
  • Content Management Systems: Who Makes the Rules?
    - Jill A. Katte & David W. Mitchell
  • Developing the HIPAA-Aware EAD Finding Aid.
    - Catherine Arnott Smith & Nancy McCall

Current fellows' projects, to be completed during the upcoming year include:

  • Global XML Data Model – New Mexico Public Records
    - Daphne Arnaiz-DeLeon, Archives and Historical Services, New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
  • Metadata Models for Scientific Research Data
    - Kathryn Hammond Baker & Elizabeth Copenhagen, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School
  • Developing Processing Practices and Workflows for Electronic Archival Records
    - Don Chalfant and Kathy Jordan, The Library of Virginia
  • A Recordkeeping Framework for Social Scientists Conducting Data-Intensive Research
    - Erin O’Meara, University of Oregon Libraries
  • Implications of the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 on Electronic Record Keeping in the Wine and Grape Industries
    - Kari Smith , University of Michigan School of Information

The NHPRC Electronic Records Research Fellowship Program provides grants to researchers and practitioners in the field of electronic records management. The primary purpose of the project is to facilitate both basic and applied research regarding all aspects of electronic records. Fellowship recipients receive a research stipend and mentorship in project management and research methodology. The program's Executive Board includes SILS faculty members Dr. Helen Tibbo and Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee; UNC at Chapel Hill Archivist, Janis Holder; Duke University Archivist Tim Pyatt; and Paul Conway, University of Michigan, School of Information, faculty member.

For more information about the NHPRC Electronic Records Fellowships Program, please visit the newly revised Web site.