Anatomy of context: A framework analysis for archival knowledge organization



This study compares production of archival descriptions with production of bibliographic records and use of user tagging systems. Archivists' descriptions indicate the subject matter of the collection in a similar manner as bibliographic records, but also indicate the collection's provenance, attribute significance to the materials, and give the history of the collection in the archive and outside it. Furthermore, I look at the structure of archival description in comparison to subject cataloging and user tagging. Adapting Tennis' 2006 framework, I look at Work Processes, Discourse, Structural Components and Descriptive Structures associated with these practices. By analyzing archival description under a common measure with concurrent descriptive practice, this work will fill a knowledge gap that will assist linking data by subject, describing materials on the web, integrating archival measures in future descriptive schemes.