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Publication date: 11 March 2019

Elisabeth Klett

Digital records appraisal and aspects of archival values in theory, regularization and practice are explored. This paper aims to reflect upon the appraisal process…

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Purpose

Digital records appraisal and aspects of archival values in theory, regularization and practice are explored. This paper aims to reflect upon the appraisal process, responsibility and norms for value creation in a digitalized environment. The research question was how do appraisal theory, normative rules and appraisal practice meet the aims of values in digital archives?

Design/methodology/approach

The study triangulated appraisal theory, normative values and participants’ views about archival values in appraisal practice in a Swedish setting. Content analysis were used to explore normative documents and interviews. Appraisal theories of the Swedish Nils Nilsson and the Canadian Terry Cook were interpreted. The result was related to theories on public values, the nature of responsibility and relations between the state and citizens.

Findings

The results show influences between theory, norms and practice. Changes in norms and practice do not follow the development of digitalization. Responsibility is focused on tasks, which exposes risks of accountability control and knowledge of appraisal grounds. The paper concludes that access requirements and user needs may prompt change in appraisal processes. In the light of digitalization, “primary and secondary value” are merely a matter of use and usability in a time and space (continuum) perspective.

Research limitations/implications

This study is based in Sweden where extensive right of access to public records and default preservation are norm.

Originality/value

The result shows how allocated responsibilities impinge on a re-active digital appraisal process.

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Records Management Journal, vol. 29 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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Publication date: 1 February 2002

Birgit blättel‐Mink

States that the participation of men and women in the German academic and scientific system is unequally distributed. Shows that the higher the status at the university…

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States that the participation of men and women in the German academic and scientific system is unequally distributed. Shows that the higher the status at the university, the lower the female proportion and that women also choose different subjects to men. Asks why more men choose science and engineering and what social cognitive characteristics do women show who opt for a “male” subject. Presents the theoretical background to the above before providing some insights using surveys carried out in Germany.

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 21 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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Publication date: 10 August 2012

Paula Bleckmann, Judith Eckert and Nadine Jukschat

Video game dependency (VGD) is a behavioural addiction on the rise with considerably higher prevalence among males, and the rates and patterns of comorbidity with other…

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Purpose

Video game dependency (VGD) is a behavioural addiction on the rise with considerably higher prevalence among males, and the rates and patterns of comorbidity with other disorders seem to be comparable to that of substance‐related addictions. The purpose of the paper is to investigate the role of gaming behaviour and gaming motives in the biographical context for female addicts with this new type of dual diagnosis.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted semi‐structured biographical interviews as part of an interdisciplinary German research project on VGD conducted by the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN). Qualitative research process followed modified grounded theory.

Findings

For VGD women, frequent accounts of depression preceding VGD and of traumatic childhood experiences of loss and/or abuse were found. In two exemplary case studies, online gaming can be described at least in part as an unsuccessful coping attempt. For example, the MMORPGs seem to allow them to experience reliable “reward for their efforts” while experiencing feelings of worthlessness due to academic failure, to experience “social contact” in spite of a fear of closeness.

Research limitations/implications

Gender specific strategies in prevention and treatment of VGD need to be considered, though further research is needed to verify the findings on a larger scale.

Originality/value

The research on gender and VGD dual diagnosis provides qualitative pioneer work in an area where no published research results are available.

Details

Advances in Dual Diagnosis, vol. 5 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1757-0972

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