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Development of a national standard for archival access

Although there are a number of important and useful standards for archives, there is as yet nothing specifically on access to archives. The lack of such a standard represents a significant gap in the overall coverage. MLA's Standards Pilot Grants Scheme will enable this position to be rectified by the development of a National Standard for Archival Access.

The project in hand is a scoping study for the development of the National Standard for Archival Access. Development of the Standard is an objective of the National Archives Policy Action Plan (2002, s.6.iv). It has been three years since the original draft Standard was launched by the Public Services Quality Group, and it is now essential to take stock before moving forwards to the development of an agreed formal Standard. To this end the project will:

  • Establish views of key stakeholders
  • Gather evidence on the impact of the draft standard to date
  • Review existing sources of feedback to the PSQG on the draft standard
  • Clarify the process for development of the draft as a BSI Standard
  • Identify and assess alternatives to the BSI route for publication

The results of this project will support and inform the development of the formal Standard. The formal standard will be invaluable in helping the professional custodians of archival material to define what their public services should be, in consultation with their users. Equally it should also help users to get the most from these services.


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