5-6 April 2016 - Apex Hotel, Dundee, Scotland

At a recent discussion of record-keeping systems for discovery and access, Anne Gilliland posed the question ‘What do records do in people’s lives that nothing else does?’

This is a vital question for the record-keeping profession. Having answers enables us to develop systems which meet users’ needs and those of society in general. Having answers helps us to understand the importance of maintaining a focus on ‘records and recordness’ in a world where numerous other information resources and memory tools appear to encroach on records’ “space” and threaten to overwhelm our own specialism. At the same time, many people who create and use data and documents neither make, nor need to make  distinctions between those resources which meet formal definitions of ‘records’, and those which don’t. Do we need therefore to work with definitions which consider records’ functions in relation to use and users, rather than those based on ontologies which only record-keepers understand?

Principal sponsor:



FARMER acknowledge gratefully the principal sponsor of the conference, the Information and Records Management Society.


Dundee city The organisers are grateful to the Dundee City Council and Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau for their financial support. dundee council

The conference is also sponsored by the University of Dundee School of Humanities and Culture & Information. We are grateful for their support.