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The Digital Leap and the Quest for Autonomy: Inspecting the International Council on Archives Code of Ethics in a twenty year retrospect
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4350-6346
2017 (English)In: Information and knowledge for Competitiveness: Proceeding of DLIS 2017 International Conference : Hosted by the Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS) : 15th-17th March 2017 : At the University of Botswana, Gabarone / [ed] Nathan Mnjama & Priti Jain, Gaborone: University of Botswana , 2017, 169-183 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The International Council on Archives Code of Ethics was presented in 1996. A great deal has happened in the world and in the discipline of Archival Science since. This article examines and analyses the Code of Ethics with the help of Codes of ethics from other disciplines, the debate surrounding profession ethics and the changes in the world of archives. Three areas are found where improvement in the Code would be preferable. The archivist should be trying to gain a higher autonomy in relation to other professions like economist and lawyers. Inspired by how autonomy is formulated in the pharmacists Code of Ethics. Education should be put in focus when today, at least in the western world, most people that work as archivists generally have a relatively high education. Also, the statements in the Code regarding confidentiality might have to be revisited and discussed again, because of the great changes in the possibility to spread and communicate information after the great increase in digitalization since 1996. Today, the internet as an extra layer of information makes it possible to search and connect personal information with information in archives. We also have the possibility to spread information very fast using smart phones etcetera. This has to be regarded as a change in the possibility to remain confidential.     

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gaborone: University of Botswana , 2017. 169-183 p.
Keyword [en]
Archives, ethics, autonomy, code of ethics, International Council on Archives
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Ethics Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32287ISBN: 978-99968-442-1-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-32287DiVA: diva2:1083059
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The DLIS 2017, Gabarone, March 15-17, 2017.
Available from: 2017-03-20 Created: 2017-03-20 Last updated: 2017-03-22Bibliographically approved

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