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Archival Systems and the Profession
ARST 573
Instructor: Jennifer Douglas
Weimei Pan
Greg Kozak (2013)

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The goal of ARST 573 Archival Systems and the Profession is to give students a broad understanding of the various institutional components of the Canadian archival system and profession and how they have developed over time in comparison with archival systems and the profession in other countries as a means of developing a critical appreciation of the context in which archivists work. One of the major outcomes of ARST 573 is the development of an Archival Wiki of Knowledge (AWOK). Topics included in the AWOK should relate to topics studied in the course.

Assignment Information

Archival Wiki of Knowledge Assignment

The purposes of this assignment are (1) to give students the opportunity to investigate one of the topics covered in the course in greater detail than is possible during class time; (2) to allow students to contribute to the archival field by providing an updated description and analysis of a chosen topic; and (3) to allow students to experiment using the wiki format.

The AWOK was started by the 2013 ARST 573 class. Subsequent classes will be continuing its development by adding new areas. Each student will be responsible for one area of the wiki and will populate it based on course readings, site visits, additional readings and any other relevant sources. Students are asked to assess what they read critically in the light of concepts of archival science such as they learn them in this course and in others in the first term of the program.

Topics to Be Chosen

  • The evolution of mandate, functions, and structure of Canadian public services and the "total archives" concept in comparison with public archives in other countries
  • The origins and development of archival programs in educational institutions, churches, businesses, and other private organizations in comparison with similar programs in other countries
  • Contemporary Canadian archival institutions: their governance, principal policies, programs and challenges in comparison with institutions in other countries
  • The roles of national and regional archival organizations, such as the Canadian Council of Archives, regional councils of archives, and professional organizations
  • International and national archival organizations outside Canada
  • The archival profession: its history, organization, responsibilities, values, and roles in contemporary society


Design and Write Feedback and Revise Finish
February 25, 2015 to March 20, 2015 March 20, 2015 to April 10, 2015 April 10,2015


Editing of a wiki entry should proceed using the following cycle:

  1. Outline your initial ideas in your chosen topic.
  2. Discuss your ideas with your classmates using the Discussion tab at the top of the wiki page.
  3. Update your wiki entry based on your discussion.
  4. Repeat the cycle until you have completed the assignment.

Getting to Know Wiki

Basic Introduction of Wiki

Things to Remember

  • Structure your article in an early stage. It is helpful to read other wiki pages and see how they structure their articles.
    • No more than three levels under each heading
    • Try not to surpass more than 14 subjects at each level
  • Make sure that every statement you made is verifiable
  • Bear in mind copyright issues
  • Remember that your article will be published in a public domain, will be open to public scrutiny and further update and changes
  • Make sure to write from a neutral point of view
  • Try to use credible sources
  • Understand that the fact that you post the article does not mean that you own it

Getting Started

For this wiki project, you will create a new wiki page for your chosen topic and contribute to the work of your peers.

  1. Log in to the UBC wiki with your CWL at
  2. If you don't already have a UBC wiki account, you will be asked to set one up.
  3. Next, enter your chosen URL directly into your browser's address bar; for example IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOLLOW THIS NAMING CONVENTION. For example, if your topic is Museum Archives, the URL will be (Please note that the address is case-sensitive).
  4. If there is no existing page, you will be directed to a new page where there is a line of text "There is currently no text in this page. You can search for this page title in other pages, search the related logs, or edit this page." To create a new page on this topic, click 'edit this page' from the page prompt.
  5. In the box, type the content of your topic.
  6. At the bottom of your text, please include course and category information, e.g., [[Category:Archival Studies]] and [[Category:ARST]] and [[Category:ARST573]]

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