Modelling the continuum as paradigm shift in recordkeeping and archiving processes, and beyond Ö a personal reflection

Records Management Journal

ISSN: 0956-5698

Publication date: 1 December 2000


This article outlines the development of a records continuum model initially developed as a teaching tool to communicate evidence‐based approaches to archives and records management. The continuum is being used in Australia as a metaphor to assist in getting records management ‘right’ in recordkeeping environments built around electronic communications, and the model supports this endeavour. It extends the concept of the continuum beyond metaphor, representing the case for viewing it in its fuller spacetime meanings as a worldview. In this form, the continuum is potentially a technologically driven paradigm shift within all information management and systems practice. There is a new game developing and the concept of the continuum can help us re‐organise our knowledge for that game. This article will discuss the diversity of records management theory and practice. It will look at the meanings of the continuum and my own model of it, including the differences between a worldview and a detailed view. Three other continuum models are presented. A continuum ‘patrol and control’ strategy for analysis is outlined briefly, and represents a point at which my own approach to the continuum is taking off into more detailed practical considerations in records management education and training.



Upward, F. (2000), "Modelling the continuum as paradigm shift in recordkeeping and archiving processes, and beyond Ö a personal reflection", Records Management Journal, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 115-139.

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