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Appraisal ‘firsts’ in twenty-first-century Australia

Abstract.

The chapter nominates four Australian developments in appraisal of international interest: a project to devise a new way of documenting Indigenous Australians’ memory and their responses to government records; the reversal of a long-standing policy requiring the destruction of name-identified population census records; the adaptation of the Minnesota method for targeting businesses for documentation; and the development of a set of appraisal principles by the Australian Society of Archivists. To this 2007 list the author nominates a fifth from the 1990s, i.e. the broadening of what constitutes appraisal as part of the Australian standard on records management, AS 4390. Because ...

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