Joanne with fellow RCRGers in May 2015. From L-R: Sue McKemmish, Joanne Mihelcic, Joanne Evans, Greg Rolan Leisa Gibbons and Katherine Jarvie
Joanne began her recordkeeping career in 1995 at the Australian Science Archives Project (ASAP) at the University of Melbourne and was heavily influenced by the emerging Records Continuum community of practice. Inspiration particularly came from the writings of Peter Scott and Chris Hurley as she led the design and development of archival systems at ASAP and its successors, the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre (Austehc) and the eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC).
In August 2003 she began her doctoral research at the RCRG at Monash as part of the ARC Linkage Clever Recordkeeping Metadata Project, thanks to support for an APA(I) scholarship by the National Archives of Australia. Her thesis, Building Capacities for Sustainable Recordkeeping Metadata Interoperability, received a Vice Chancellors Commendation for Doctorial Thesis Excellence in 2008. Key outcomes are of the need for interoperability to be designed into recordkeeping technologies in order to meet the metadata challenges of digital and networked environments and for further research into the representation of dynamic, multi-entity, recordkeeping relationships and their behaviour in business and recordkeeping processes.
She moved to Monash at the end of 2010 to take up a position as a Lecturer to expand into Records Continuum education. As well as teaching into the postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in the Faculty of IT, her research aims to explore the multifarious roles metadata plays in creating, managing, and sustaining information and recordkeeping infrastructure and systems, particularly in community settings. She is interested in inclusive archival design methodologies for sustainable living archives.
In mid 2014 she received an ARC Future Fellowship to investigate the development of a participatory methodology for designing integrated recordkeeping and archival systems with communities experiencing identity, memory and accountability crises. Focusing on the needs of the estimated half a million Australians who have experienced out-of-home care, the Connecting the Disconnected: Designing Socially Inclusive, Integrated, Archival and Recordkeeping Systems and Services (2015 – 2018) research program aims to harness new digital and networking capabilities, rich recordkeeping metadata, and the expertise of impacted communities in order to develop systems configured around community information, self-knowledge and memory needs. This research seeks to transform existing fragmented evidence and memory management systems into sustainable information infrastructure that better recognises, respects and protects human rights.
Key records continuum moment
For me, the 2004 Archives and Collective Memory Workshop is a key moment in the development of continuum thinking. It was a response to the challenges raised by Terry Cook at the 2001 Australian Society of Archivists conference, which included the need for greater exploration of the pluralise dimension of the Records Continuum Model. I was lucky enough to attend as a PhD student and then see at first hand the richer continuum conceptualisations which have flowed from that event.
Overcoming siloed thinking and practices so that we can work together to build pervasive, ubiquitous and inclusive recordkeeping infrastructures.
RCRG research project roles
- APA(I) Scholarship, Clever Recordkeeping Metadata Project (2003 – 2006)
- ARC Future Fellow, Connecting the Disconnected Research Program (2015 – 2018)