On the Breakdown of the Controlled Environment Paradigm in Norwegian Archival Repositories
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Original versionAndresen H: On the Breakdown of the Controlled Environment Paradigm in Norwegian Archival Repositories. In: Sundqvist A, Berget G, Nolin, Skjerdingstad KI. Sustainable Digital Communities. 15th International Conference, iConference 2020, Boras, Sweden, March 23–26, 2020, Proceedings, 2020. Springer p. 616-621 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43687-2_51
The rules and arrangements that govern transfer of digital records to the archive repositories in Norway, rely on a controlled environment paradigm. This paradigm is the basis for assuming the authenticity and evidential values of the archives. The concept of a paradigm is borrowed from the theory of science, but it can also be relevant to fields of practice. In the theory of science, it denotes distinct concepts, methods and thought patterns that guide what contributions are perceived as valid within a field. If or when a paradigm ceases to provide adequate guidance in a field, it may break down, possibly leaving the field in need of a new paradigm. The discussion in this paper apply a theory of different responses to paradigm breakdowns in order to explore stakes and opportunities at a point of crisis for the current paradigm on transfer of born-digital records to archive repositories.