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Boston 2004 Program Session

34. Speaking of Records . . . The Challenges of Archival Language

Friday, August 6, 2004
2:00 PM-3:30 PM

  Recorded session


Richard Pearce-Moses, Chair, Chair
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
“The Language of Archives: A Linguistic Record of the Profession”

Jean Dryden
“A Tower of Babel: International Attempts to Standardize Archival Terminology”

Jonathan Furner
Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
“International Standards, National Traditions: Vocabulary Control in Archival Science”

Language may be the greatest barrier to understanding and collaboration, both within the profession and with other disciplines. The panelists will draw from their experience developing glossaries for the Society of American Archivists, InterPARES 2 (International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems), and CUSTARD (the Canadian-United States Taskforce on Archival Description). They will discuss fundamental concepts that cause problems of communication, focusing on problems when defining the concept of “record.”


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2004 International Archives & Information Technology Exposition Exhibitor List