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  • 1.
    Anderson, Karen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Archives and Computer Science.
    Bastian, Jeannette A
    Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
    Flinn, Andrew
    University College London.
    Mapping international core archives curriculum2013In: ICA-SAE Conference papers: Innovation and Engagement in Archival Education.: 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Archival Education / [ed] Ricardo L. Punzalan, International Council on Archives, Section for Archival Education and Training , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores the possibilities for international common core curricula across archival education programmes in three ways. Three universities’ existing but independently developed curricula are analysed to identify common core content. The development of the programmes over time is also described noting some of the influences that have contributed to the current content of the three programmes.            A survey of the views of archival educators on the possibilities and the barriers to developing and sharing courses internationally was also conducted. Some attempts to cooperatively develop shared courses across international borders are also described, demonstrating that collaboration between archival educators is in progress.

  • 2.
    Anderson, Karen
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
    Bastian, Jeannette A
    Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
    Flinn, Andrew
    University College London.
    Samuelsson, Göran
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
    Virtual experiments in collaborative archival education:: constructing a digital laboratory for digital learning2012In: Comma: International Journal on Archives, ISSN 2049-3355, no 2, p. 97-104Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sustainable archives and preservation education in a global digital society demand collaborative frameworks and multiple, geographically diverse partnerships.  This poses considerable challenges for educators. A consortium between archival education programs at University College London, Mid Sweden University and Simmons College, Boston, is addressing these challenges within an innovative virtual learning environment developed, built and shared among the three schools. Participants from each of the three programs describe, analyze and demonstrate ongoing collaboration, research and curriculum development unified through the Digital Curriculum Laboratory (DCL). They also explore the implications of these types of learning resources and collaborative approaches for supporting archives education internationally. 

  • 3.
    Berggren, Cathrine
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University.
    Carlsson, Håkan
    Hansson, Krister
    Kristoffersson, Katarina
    Källberg, Marie
    Natvig, Cecilia
    Norström Hallberg, Viveka
    Nyströmer, Anna
    Olsson, Gunnel
    Zetterlund, Angela
    Fler än 100 miljoner besökare kan inte ha fel – biblioteket är Sveriges mest användbara arena2013In: Sundsvalls tidning, ISSN 1104-005XArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 4.
    Berggren, Cathrine
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University.
    Degerfält, Jonas
    Mid Sweden University.
    von Essen, Maria
    Mid Sweden University.
    Palmqvist, Morgan
    Mid Sweden University.
    Att samarbeta över professionsgränser2015In: Bortom förlägenheten: Bibliotekariens pedagogiska roll i utveckling / [ed] Hilda Androls, Elin Lucassi, Christine Wallén/KB, Stockholm: Kungliga biblioteket , 2015, p. 93-105Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 5.
    Berggren, Cathrine
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University.
    Kristoffersson, Katarina
    Källberg, Marie
    Zetterlund, Angela
    Natvig, Cecilia
    Olsson, Gunnel
    Hansson, Krister
    Carlsson, Håkan
    Nordström Hallberg, Viveka
    Nyströmer, Anna
    Att utvärdera och använda resultaten – vilka avtryck ger bibliotekens utvärderingar i samhället?2013Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Det har blivit allt viktigare för biblioteken att kunna visa på sin betydelse i samhället. Mätetal och utvärderingar är nödvändiga instrument för att kunna jämföra satsningar på biblioteken med satsningar på andra områden. Men finns det en synergi mellan mätetalen och verksamhetens planer och mål? Hur mäter vi måluppfyllese i biblioteksverksamheten? Finns det kvalitetsindikatorer som vi har gemensamma oavsett bibliotekstyp? Hur kan biblioteksstatistiken användas? Vad gör bibliotekens utvärderingar för avtryck i beslutsprocessen? Vad gör bibliotekens utvärderingar för avtryck i samhället?

    För att svara på frågorna ovan har expertgruppen påbörjat ett arbete med att kartlägga hur svenska bibliotek arbetar med utvärdering. I det arbetet har vi bland annat sett vikten av ett gemensamt språk mellan bibliotekstyperna i arbetet med utvärderingar och kvalitetsutveckling. Gruppen kommer att under år 2014 publicera ett utvärderingsverktyg för bibliotek. Där kan bibliotek finna vägledning och stöd i valet av utvärderingsmetod, i genomförandet och i nyttjandet av utvärderingars resultat i syfte att utveckla och synliggöra biblioteksverksamheten.

    I det här papret presenterar vi syftet med vårt arbete och den metod vi har använt samt mer ingående berättar om hur vi har tänkt kring det verktyg som vi i slutet av papret ger en beskrivning av – ett verktyg som går under namnet "Utvärderingshjälpen".

    Vid konferensen kommer vi att presentera hur en årscykel kan se ut vid ett bibliotek som väljer att använda sig av utvärderingsarbete och systematiskt kvalitetsutveckling i nära relation till måluppfyllelse och till dialog med beslutsfattare samt omgivande samhälle. Vi presenterar också hur "Utvärderingshjälpen" skall kunna användas som stöd i det arbetet.

  • 6.
    Berggren, Cathrine
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University.
    Palmqvist, Morgan
    Mid Sweden University.
    Kvalitetsindex för unversitetsbibliotekets verksamhet2010Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Uppdraget med att hitta fram till ett kvalitetsindex för universitetsbiblioteket (UB) finns i Mittuniversitetets utvecklingsplan 2009-2012: ”Till de mål som anges i planen ska indikatorer knytas som visar på graden av måluppfyllelse. Dessa kan även kombineras till indexerade mått att användas i samma syfte. Indikatorer och index ska också vara möjliga att bryta ner på olika verksamhetsområden och organisatoriska enheter och, i den mån data är tillgängliga, vara möjliga att jämföra nationellt. Indikatorerna ska kunna ge en god beskrivning av verksamheten i förhållande till planens målsättningar och vara kvalitetsdrivande för utvecklings- och förnyelsearbetet inom universitetet.”En arbetsgrupp vid UB tillsattes bestående av representanter från flera funktioner inom UB. Arbetsgruppen presenterade i september 2009 ett förslag till lämpliga indikatorer vilka ligger till grund för UB:s kvalitetsindex. De första idéerna kring indexet började spira efter en workshop våren 2009 i SUHF:s regi ”Bibliotekets värde – lärosätets nytta”. Därefter genomfördes en mindre omvärldsbevakning i form av andra verksamheters indikatorer och läsning av litteratur. Intensiva diskussioner fördes i arbetsgruppen kring de möjligheter vi har att mäta kvalitet inom UB:s olika funktioner med beaktande av att insamlingen av data inte skall upplevas som allt för tidskrävande. Val av områden Arbetsgruppen har valt att inte utgå från den befintliga statistikinsamlingen som UB skickar till SCB. Vi tycker att dessa siffror i större drag visar på kvantitet istället för kvalitet. Från flera håll inom biblioteksvärlden (både nationellt och internationellt) visar man på vikten av att istället för den traditionella statistikinsamlingen (som visar på antal besök, antal utlån etc.) visa på mått som stödjer lärosätets verksamhet.1 Hur ett bibliotek används och vad man satsar på beror t.ex. på vilken profil lärosätet har, i vilken region lärosätet verkar och hur många studenter och anställda biblioteket skall serva samt vilken pedagogik lärosätet använder sig av. Därför blir det svårt att jämföra högskolebiblioteken med varandra utan koppling till dess uppdragsgivare. Vi önskar att med föreslagna mått visa på måluppfyllelse inom de områden som nämns i universitetets utvecklingsplan: utbildning, forskning, verksamhetens grundförutsättningar, samverkan. 1 ”An academic library should not be compared to other academic libraries, instead, it should be measured by its contributions to the learning, teaching, and research that occurs at its home institution.” Gibbons, Susan (2007) The academic library and the net gen student. Chicago: American Library Association

  • 7.
    Gesouli, Ewa
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Archives and Computer Science.
    Arkivens förmåga att söka nya målgrupper: En studie av tre arkivs användargrupper och utåtriktade verksamhet2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 8.
    Hansen, Lars-Erik
    et al.
    TAM-Arkiv, Bromma, Sweden.
    Sundqvist, Anneli
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
    To make archives available online – transcending boundaries or building walls?2012In: Journal of Archival Organization, ISSN 1533-2748, E-ISSN 1533-2756, Vol. 10, no 3-4, p. 207-230Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of information technology and the rise of the Internethave rendered a large-scale digitization and disseminationof originally analog information objects. On the Web sites L¨ararnasHistoria (“History of Teachers” www.lararhistoria.se) and Ingenj¨orshistoria (“History of Engineers” www.ingenjorshistoria.se),records from present-day white-collar and professional nationalunions and their predecessors, are published together with publications,collections, moving images, and other materials. The purposeof this study is to analyze the remediation of this originally analogmaterial. This article will discuss the purposes of the Web sites, therelation of digitized objects to the original analog information objectsand to the original context, and what kind of artifacts theseWeb sites constitute. The result is not a mere transfer to a new technologicalplatform, but a transformation into something different.

  • 9.
    Hellmer, Erica
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Archives and Computer Science.
    Authenticity in Electronic Archives: Securing Digital Records2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

     

    The rapid ongoing technical development has led to increased production of digital records and transactions. In the domain of electronic archives, this has put pressure on the technical area in order to guarantee authenticity of preserved information over time.

    Time stamping techniques are one way to secure digital information at a certain point in time and can be employed to guarantee authenticity of digital information over time. This study examines the function of time stamping within the domain of electronic archives and is conducted with a qualitative method using semi-structured interviews on five Swedish organisations. The study is complemented with a case-study of the Swedish innovation company Enigio Time AB in order to gain understanding in time stamping techniques and their service time:stamp.

                          The theoretical framework in this study is the records continuum model with the view of the continuity in records and its illumination of the point of creation. The international standard OAIS (Open Archival Information System) is used by several electronic models to manage digital information and is, in this study, used to analyse the management in record keeping within the five organisations.

                          The conclusion is that this rapid technological development has complicated the management of secure digital records from manipulation and guaranteeing the authenticity in a long term perspective.

                          The study further shows that organisations may guarantee that records will not change once they are received into the archive but the authenticity of them, before they were delivered, can never be confirmed. Since the modern information era produces and preserves enormous amounts of data, this has to start with the creation of the digital record where better structured metadata schemes are secured in time.

     

  • 10.
    Kovalainen, Natalia
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Archives and Computer Science.
    Metadata, FGS:er och e-arkiv: Kommuner i samarbete2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    En stor del av befolkningen i Sverige som flyttar gör det inom länets gränser, i och med det kan journaler och handlingar som finns om personen behöva förflyttas. På grund av projektet Framtidens arkiv har alla kommuner i Gävleborgs län bestämt sig för att ingå i ett samarbete kring införandet av e-arkiv.

    Syftet med denna uppsats är att studera hur metadatahantering skulle kunna skapa en gemensam grund för samverkan, och därmed främja samarbete med hjälp av metadata. Då en enhetlig metadata underlättar återsökandet av information oberoende på var den finns, med hjälp av bland annat metadatascheman och FGS:er. För att belysa hur detta skulle kunna göras har jag i uppsatsen valt att konkret studera hur kommunerna arbetar med dokumentationen kring elevhälsan. Dessa journaler är inte bara viktiga för att de påvisar elevens hälsoutveckling, utan de kan även användas som bevismaterial vid rättsliga åtgärder där t.ex. polis, socialtjänst och domstol måste involveras.

    Om metadata och/eller FGS:er införs kan man underlätta hur kommuner skickar och tar emot journaler samt hanteringen av dessa då de inkommit till arkivet. FGS är metadata som markerar och paketerar information. I uppsatsen jämförs metadatastrukturer; eARD projektet, R7e-arkiv och PMO.

    Resultatet blev 12 tabeller, en tabell är utformad efter vad jag anser att en elevhälsovårdsjournal bör innehålla för att uppfylla de krav som ställs av lagen, kommunen och skapare/användare.

    Tabellerna som R7e-arkiv skapat för inleveransspecifikationer för journaler, anpassade jag efter elevhälsovården. Det finns även en egentillverkad tabell över de element som saknas i de tidigare R7e-tabeller då de inte var ämnade att användas av flera mottagare.

    Jag anser att det finns goda förutsättningar för att skapa ett fungerande samarbete emellan kommuner. En gemensam metadatastruktur är ett krav för att detta ska fungera.

  • 11.
    Reberg, Mikael
    Mid Sweden University.
    Exploring the possibilities with shared spreadsheets in gathering and analyzing information on the usage of study rooms in a university library2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In autumn 2018, a team within the Mid Sweden University Library decided to advance the usage of different methods inspired by the perspectives within the field of “UX” to study the use of the learning spaces in the library. A special project concerned the students’ use of group study rooms. Here the library employed a method where student mentors working for the library gathered basic statistical data through observations. The student mentors measured the usage of the study rooms, seats used, technology used in the rooms, sound levels etcetera at several time points each day. The information was continuously registered in a shared Google sheet that also worked as the basic tool for the analysis. The results of the study gave important guidance for the development of the study rooms and the learning environment in general. More importantly, the use of Google and the shared process of collecting and analyzing information was seen as a rewarding learning experience by the student mentors and the involved library staff.

  • 12.
    Reberg, Mikael
    Mid Sweden University. The University Library and Learning Resource Centre.
    Rum för lärande, rum för ordning2016In: Tidskriften bis, ISSN 0345-1135, no 2, p. 22-24Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 13.
    Reberg, Mikael
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University.
    Sjöqvist, Mattias
    Mid Sweden University.
    How technological and social imperatives influence the implementation of a so-called knowledge management system in a learning support services organization2018In: EDULEARN18 Proceedings: 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, The International Academy of Technology, Education and Development, 2018, p. 4316-4320Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to present and discuss some of the underlying imperatives when establishing a new knowledge management system within the university library, profiled as a learning support services organization within Mid Sweden University. 

    The concept of Knowledge management, as seen from a specific library perspective, has been broadly defined as the use of organizational knowledge through sound practices of information management and organizational learning (Broadbent, 1998). The different perspectives or discourses on knowledge management mainly puts its emphasis either on technology (and questions concerning technological aspects of knowledge management) or on social aspects such as the user’s reception or understanding of knowledge management systems in different settings. However, as Gold, Malhotra & Segars (2001) has noted, many so-called knowledge management projects are – in reality – information projects. When these projects yield some consolidation of data, but little innovation in products and services, the concept of knowledge management can be cast in doubt (ibid). 

    During the spring and autumn of 2017 a project called “Infrastrukturen UB” (“Infrastructure University Library”) was carried out, implementing what could be considered a knowledge management system within a newly restructured library organization consisting of four different departments, and physical libraries at different campus locations. Drawing from the result of the project and the experiences of the project’s team members, it can be shown how this project was influenced by technological and social imperatives within the organization at large during different phases of the project. In addition, it can be argued that further steps of development are needed for the established system to fully be considered a “true” knowledge management system.

  • 14.
    Stjernstedt, Petter
    Mid Sweden University.
    Informationskompetens i utbildningen 2014–20162016Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 15.
    Sundqvist, Anneli
    et al.
    Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science, Oslo, Norway.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
    Information culture and records management: a suitable match? Conceptualizations of information culture and their application on records management2016In: International Journal of Information Management, ISSN 0268-4012, E-ISSN 1873-4707, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 9-15Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Good information and records management is assumed to promote organizational efficiency. Despite established management regimes and available technology, many organizations still consider information and records management challenging. The reason may be cultural factors. This study based on a literature review, aims to explore the academic discourse on information culture and to discuss its relevance for records management. The findings show that the concept information culture is used in various ways: as an explanatory framework; as an analytical and evaluative tool; or as normative standard. The research on information culture addresses several areas: business performance, systems implementation, the manifestation of information culture in different organizations, and a few concerns records management practices. The research settings and the objects of study varied, why general conclusions are difficult to draw, but often a positive correlation between culture and performance is assumed. The focus has been on how information is used, shared and disseminated, while the production and management, that is the vital object of records management, has with few exceptions been neglected. If information culture should fully function as an analytical framework concerning records management, a widened and more inclusive conceptualization is required, which also will enrich information culture as a theoretical concept.

  • 16.
    Sundqvist, Anneli
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
    Troselius, Nils
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
    A Comparative Study of Metadata Schemes at Swedish Governmental Agencies2012In: Records Management Journal, ISSN 0956-5698, E-ISSN 1758-7689, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 7-19Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to study the development and implementation of metadata schemes in Swedish governmental agencies, in order to gain a better understanding of recordkeeping practices in contemporary organisations and of the use of metadata and practical implementation of metadata schemes.

    Design/methodology/approach – The study is based on two case studies. The data have been collected through qualitative interviews, e-mail correspondence and analysis of documentary sources, and analysed with help of the records continuum model and the conceptual framework presented in the international standard for metadata, ISO/TS 23081.

    Findings – The results from this study show that the agencies had similar reasons to develop metadata schemes, namely to established a unitary and consistent description of records, to enhance retrieval and exchange of information, and to provide external users access to records in compliance with the 24/7-agency vision. The agencies have, however, chosen different approaches to metadata and based their schemes on different models. This has affected the possibility of capturing contextual relations and transactionality, and thus of guaranteeing the evidential properties of records. The agencies are to various extents covering the different aspects of recordkeeping. None of the agencies are, however, acting in all dimensions of the records continuum model.

    Originality/value – The paper shows how the records continuum model can be used as an analytical tool in the study of recordkeeping practices. It further contributes with empirical findings to a field where still little research is done. The paper can also be of value to practitioners seeking to develop and implement metadata schemes for records.

  • 17.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Södertörn högskola; University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
    E-government development and challenges of freeing public sector information2017In: The Governance of Local Communities : Global Perspectives and Challenges / [ed] Thomas F. Reilly, Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2017, p. 145-162Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter investigates the challenges faced by two Swedish municipalities in freeing government information as required by both the European and the Swedish Public Sector Information (PSI) directives. Sweden enacted its PSI directive in July 2010, based on the 2003 European PSI directive, which all member states were required to implement. Municipalities are directed to proactively publish data for public consumption. Swedish municipalities are engaged in e-Government development, which has also led to an increase of the information they are required to manage effectively. In Sweden, PSI is an integral part of the e-Government policy. Sweden is working to regain its leading position in the World, as far as e-Government development is concerned. Sweden’s e-Government mantra is “to make it as simple as possible, for as many as possible.” e-Government development is meant to transform government institutions by making them simple, open, accessible, effective, and secure. The Swedish third generation e-Government focuses on demand-driven development of electronic services, third-party collaboration in service development, that is, the citizens, increased re-use of public sector information, and responsibility for adding value to information and services. The implementation of the PSI directive is slow because municipalities have different budgetary capacities. Large municipalities, with sufficient budgets, are implementing the directive and have started releasing for public consumption while small ones continue to issue single documents on websites. Uneven e-Government development influences the release of PSI. Small municipalities lack human, technical, and financial resources available to large ones.

  • 18.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Södertörns högskola.
    Enterprise content management, records management and information culture amidst E-government development2017Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This book identifies key factors necessary for a well-functioning information infrastructure and explores how information culture impacts the management of public information, stressing the need for a proactive and holistic information management approach amidst e-Government development. In an effort to deal with an organization's scattered information resources, Enterprise Content Management, Records Management and Information Culture Amidst E-Government Development investigates the key differences between Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Records Management (RM), the impact of e-Government development on information management and the role of information in enhancing accountability and transparency of government institutions. The book hence identifies factors that contribute to a well-functioning information infrastructure and further explores how information culture impacts the management of public information. It highlights the Records Continuum Model (RCM) thinking as a more progressive way of managing digital information in an era of pluralization of government information. It also emphasizes the need for information/records management skills amidst e-Government development. Ideas about records, information, and content management have fundamentally changed and developed because of increasing digitalization. Though not fully harmonized, these new ideas commonly stress and underpin the need for a proactive and holistic information management approach. The proactive approach entails planning for the management of the entire information continuum before the information is created. For private enterprises and government institutions endeavoring to meet new information demands from customers, citizens and the society at large, such an approach is a prerequisite for accomplishing their missions. It could be argued that information is and has always been essential to all human activities and we are witnessing a transformation of the information landscape. 

  • 19.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    University of South Africa, South Africa; Södertörn Högskola.
    Freedom of information laws and information access: The case of Sierra Leone2017In: Information Development, ISSN 0266-6669, E-ISSN 1741-6469, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 190-198Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sierra Leone was engulfed in a destructive civil war between 1991 and 2002. The civil war was partly caused by the non-accountability of the government, endemic corruption, misrule and the mismanagement of the country’s resources. Efforts have been made by the country, with the help of the international community, to embrace a democratic dispensation. To demonstrate its commitment to the democratization agenda, Sierra Leone passed the Right to Access Information (RAI) Act in 2013. The Act guarantees access to government information and also imposes a penalty on failure to make information available. However, Sierra Leone’s state institutions are still weak due to mismanagement and lack of transparency and accountability. Freedom of expression and access to information are cornerstones of modern democracies. Public information/records are a means of power that governments and other political institutions use to exercise control over citizens, but are also a means of citizens’ empowerment. Through access to government information/records, media can play their watchdog role and people can assess the performance of governments and hold them accountable. The purpose of the paper is to demonstrate the fact that it is not enough to enact freedom of information laws (FOIs) if there is no political will to make government information accessible, an information management infrastructure to facilitate the creation, capture, management, dissemination, preservation and re-use of government information and investments in civil education to promote an information culture that appreciates information as a resource that underpins accountability and transparency.

  • 20.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    University of South Africa, South Africa.
    Has the Freedom of Information Act enhanced transparency and the free flow of information in Liberia?2018In: Information Development, ISSN 0266-6669, E-ISSN 1741-6469, Vol. 34, no 1, p. 20-30Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article investigates if the adoption of the Liberian Freedom of Information (FOI) law 2010 has led to a transparent government and increased the free flow of government information. Freeing government information is expected to create transparent and accountable governments. It brings forth democratic and inclusive government institutions that work for the people. Inclusivity, transparency and accountability are expected to address sustainable development challenges and democracy deficits. Transparency and accountability can only be achieved through access to government information. The right to access government information is also included in the national constitution of Liberia. The citizens of Liberia in West Africa suffered from a protracted civil war between 1989-1996 and 1999-2003 respectively. These wars were partly caused by non-accountability of the governments, endemic corruption and the mismanagement of the countries' resources. Efforts are being made by the government with the help of the international community to embrace a new democratic dispensation. Liberia was also one of the first African countries to enact a Freedom of Information (FOI) Law that would enable Liberians to access government information.

  • 21.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Södertörns högskola.
    Hindrances to access and re-use of open government data: the case of Sweden2017In: Proceeding of DLIS 2017 International Conference, Gaborone: University of Botswana , 2017, p. 1-17Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa; Södertörn University College.
    The impact of new public management through outsourcing on the management of government information: The case of Sweden2019In: Records Management Journal, ISSN 0956-5698, E-ISSN 1758-7689, Vol. 29, no 1/2, p. 134-151Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: Using a case study method, the article investigates the impact New Public Management (NPM), through outsourcing has had on the management of government information at the Swedish Transport Agency. In April 2015 the Agency outsourced its IT-operations to IBM company. Some of the IBM sub-contractors had not been cleared by the Swedish Security Service. This exposed the Agency’s information to risk. By outsourcing the IT operations, the General Director of the Agency deviated from the laws governing government information such as the Swedish Security Protection Act, the Personal Data Act and the Publicity and Secrecy Act. Design/methodology/approach: The researcher has applied a case study method as the investigation focuses on a phenomenon in a real-life setting. The case study method entails the use of past studies, which facilitates the exploration and understanding of a complex issue. The phenomenon under investigation is NPM’s impact, through outsourcing, on the management of public information at the Swedish Transportation Agency. Findings: Outsourcing should be foregone by well-formulated contracts that should put into consideration the management of government information and the involvement of all stakeholders such as records managers/archivists, IT personnel, heads of departments, lawyers and business analysts. Outsourcing risks to compromise the two tenets of democracy that is, accountability and transparency which are central to Swedish public administrations’ operations. Research limitations/implications: The study is limited by the fact that it only presents the views of the archivists. This was, however, purposely done because their voice was missing during the discussions that followed after the data breach scandal had become public knowledge. Additionally, archivists are supposed to play a major role in the management of government information at Swedish institutions. Further research that will involve different categories of employees might give a deeper and better understanding of the impact that NPM, through outsourcing, is having on the management of government information and what implications this might have on issues of trust, transparency and accountability. Practical implications: The study demonstrates the need for well-formulated outsourcing contracts that will include information management clauses. It is of crucial importance in a democratic society that access to government information is not compromised as institutions endeavor to achieve efficiency and high-quality service delivery. Social implications: It is government information that gives citizens knowledge about the various processes of government institutions. It is therefore of paramount importance that government information is not left in the hands of unauthorized companies that are involved in the outsourcing activity but should be securely managed and guarded, as the opposite might pose privacy and national security challenges and hence undermine the trust that citizens have in government institutions. Originality/value: The search that the author conducted confirmed paucity in research that discusses issues related to NPM, outsourcing and the management of government information. This paper is therefore a contribution to the discourse from an archives and information management perspective.

  • 23.
    Våge, Lars
    Mid Sweden University.
    Svenskt Pressregister 7. 1903-19112015Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Svenskt Pressregister är ett register över artiklar i omkring 15 svenska dagstidningar från 1880 och framåt. De artiklar som registrerats är signerade artiklar inom alla ämnesområden, skönlitterära bidrag som lyrik, noveller, följetonger samt recensioner av litteratur, konstuställningar, musikuppföranden, teater/opera/operett och andra typer av evenemang. De som kan ha nytta av Svenskt Pressregister är de som vill ha bakgrundsmaterial till t.ex. uppsatser, rapporter, avhandlingar och artiklar. De har här möjlighet att få sitt ämne upplyst genom den samtida dagspressen. Alla tidningsartiklar som registrerats i SVEP finns tillgängliga på mikrofilm genom biblioteken i Sverige. Åren 1880-1902 finns registret utgivet i bokform i sex volymer av Lunds Universitet. I denna digitala volym finns åren 1904-1906 kompletta för alla ingående dagstidningar samt delvis för året 1903 och åren 1907-1911. Det sammanlagda antalet indexerade artiklar överstiger 93 000.

    De ingående dagstdiningarna är följande:

    Aftonbladet 1904-07, 1909-10; Arbetet 1904-07, 1909; Dagens Nyheter 1904-09, 1911; Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfartstidning 1904-09; Göteborgs-Posten 1904-07; Nya Dagligt Allehanda 1904-09; Post- och Inrikes Tidningar 1904-07; Sydsvenska Dagbladet Snällposten 1904-07; Socialdemokraten 1903-07; Stockholmstidningen 1904-07; Stockholms Dagblad 1904-07, 1909; Sundsvalls Tidning 1904-06; Svenska Dagbladet 1904-07; Svenska Morgonbladet 1904-08; Uppsala Nya Tidning 1904-07; Västernorrlands Allehanda 1904-09; Vårt Land 1904-08.

    Denna digitala utgivning ersätter den sökbara webbdatabas som funnits på adressen www.svep.bib.miun.se. Förutom möjlighet till fritextsökning i PDF-filen finns det 4 register för författare, recensenter, kompositörer och konstnärer. Registren är dock inte normaliserade med avseende på namnformer.

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