Thursday, February 18, 2010

AC+erm "mass peer-review": your help is needed

If you have expertise in electronic records management (ERM), the researchers leading the University of Northumbria's AC+erm Project seek your input. Your feedback will help to advance ERM research -- and you'll probably want to check out some of the ERM case studies and case examples that project staff have identified.
Would you like to help us in a ‘mass peer-review’ exercise to help validate some of our research findings?AC+ermAccelerating the pace of positive Change in electronic records management—is a research project being conducted by the School of Computing, Engineering & Information Sciences at Northumbria University, under the leadership of Prof Julie McLeod. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

As part of the project, we have carried out a systematic literature review (SLR) of journal literature on electronic records management (ERM) published from 1996 to February 2009.

We searched for the topic "electronic records management" in the following databases: LISA, EBSCO, Web of Science. (LISA covers information studies and technology, library science and publishing; EBSCO’s Business Source Premier coverage includes business, management, engineering, law, health and art; Web of Science citation indexes cover 9,000 journals across the sciences, social sciences & the arts and the humanities).

We have reviewed 1,189 from a total of 1,756 items and selected, to date, 536.

Selected outputs from the SLR data have been used to inform the initial questions for our Delphi studies and made available on our project website.

We would welcome feedback on our SLR activity to see if we have adequately identified the relevant literature. We have chosen a subset of the total number of results for validation – this subset comprises journal articles that disseminate the results of case studies and case examples (a total of 104 items).

If you are willing to share your knowledge and expertise, you can do so by downloading a Word document from our website, completing the response fields, and returning it by email to eb.acerm[at] The document contains the full list of 104 articles along with brief descriptions of the cases and can be found at

Thank you for your help!

Rachel Hardiman, BA (Hons), MSc

On behalf of the AC+erm Project Team
School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences
Northumbria University
Pandon Building
Camden Street
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: 0191 243 7650
e-mail: r.hardiman[at]

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This message was posted to the Management and Preservation of Electronic Records listserv earlier today. I usually refrain from reposts of this sort, but this project is really interesting and I wanted to pass on Ms. Hardiman's request.

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