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Organisational climate change is here: memory curators in the digital age

Andrew James McFadzean (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government, Barton, Australia)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Article publication date: 14 August 2017



This paper aims to describe two themes of information and knowledge management in building corporate memory through curation in complex systems. The first theme describes the skillsets of new memory curators: curation; appraisal; strategist and manager. The second theme describes four concepts that support information management in complex systems: David Snowden’s just-in-time process; Polanyi’s personal knowing; Wenger’s transactive memory system; and David Snowden’s ASHEN database schema.


Academic journals and professional publications were analysed for educational requirements for information professionals in complex adaptive systems.


The skills described should be readily applied and useful in a complex adaptive system with the four concepts described. The four concepts displayed features indicating each separate concept could be aligned and integrated with the other concepts to create an information sharing model based on synergy between reasoning and computing.

Research limitations/implications

Research is needed into the capability and potential of folksonomies using recordkeeping metadata and archival appraisal to support peer production information and communication systems.


The author has not found any research that links archival appraisal, user-generated metadata tagging, folksonomies and transactive memory systems governance policy to support digital online, co-innovation peer production.



The author wishes to thank Calin Cobzaru, Dr Stuart Ferguson and Ms Barbara Reed for their comments on the manuscript.


McFadzean, A.J. (2017), "Organisational climate change is here: memory curators in the digital age", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. 47 No. 3, pp. 319-336.



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