Call for Chapters: Impacts of the Cloud on Records Management and Archives

Editors
Salvador Pichardo Barragan, San Jose State University/Queensland University of Technology

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: April 1, 2019
Full Chapters Due: July 29, 2019
Submission Date: November 18, 2019

Introduction
“The Library of Babel” is a short story conceiving of a universe in the form of a nearly infinite library containing all possible books. This story by Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) could easily be adapted to our current point in time. It would seem with the development of Cloud and the possibility of theoretically storing all information in very view repositories or just one, that society could conceivably create an “archive of Babel.” A place that contains all know information created by any person or device. While some would hail this as a monumental achievement there are others who could point out its deficiencies. Herbert Simon (1918-2001), understood the dilemma of too much information long before the development of Cloud and IoT as he commented “what information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” Therefore, the capability now exists for data to be gathered that can tell us everything about everyone and anything at all times. What does this mean for archives and records management?

Does this future require that we have archivists or records managers when the cloud provider could subsume both roles? Besides the ontological and phenomenological questions there are issues around privacy, memory and history. Will privacy be a thing of the past and will there be a need for memory when everything we do will be documented, hence will there be a need to even write history. The archive for the last several hundred years was the gate keeper and custodian of memory and knowledge, what Jacque Derrida calls ‘archontic’ and ‘anarchic’ power: the power to collect, organize, interpret and destroy held sway across numerous archives regardless of its location or composition. However, the Cloud will possibly alter where this ‘archontic’ and ‘anarchic’ actions will take place.

This compilation will address the ontological nature of the archive and the role of records management as society moves towards the Cloud and the capture of all information from IoT. Within this ontological journey the discussion will also address the question of archival memory and ‘archontic’ and ‘anarchic’ power and how this might change. And if we no longer have to decide what to keep, since the cloud can store everything, what then will an archivist or records manager decide? Will the cloud providers usurp their respective roles? The answer to this final question will address what role the archivist and records manager can still have in this ever changing human landscape.

Objective
The objective of this publication is to address a question that is upon us as a profession and society. What will the archivist and records manager become and do in the age of technology that enables the automatic creation, organization, classification, disposition and centralization of data and information. This question opens up many avenues of discussion for the present and future. Two key areas: ontology and epistemology. What it means for the archive and the archivist and records manager from an existential point of view and how does the knowledge required by the archivist and records manager change what the profession will become. The secondary benefits concern memory and how it will be changed and its impact on history and society. This volume will influence the archives and records profession for the next 10 years by addressing the existential bearing on both areas.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of information and archives, records management, library studies, information technology, knowledge management, history, sociology, and philosophy of science. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support an understanding of how cloud computing and IoT may affect our decisions for future in different types of work communities and environments.

Recommended Topics
• Cloud, Society and Culture
• Cloud and decision making
• Records Management in the Cloud
• Retention/Disposition in the Cloud
• Legal issues of records in the Cloud
• Cyber risks of the Cloud and what it means for records
• Cloud Service Providers: threat or opportunity
• Archives and Being
• Cloud and the Power of the Archive: ‘archontic’ and ‘anarchic’
• Memory and the Cloud
• Cloud, IoT and the Archivist
• Archiving everything: Jenkinson?
• Information appraisal and the Cloud
• Information Selection
• Archiving the Cloud: the future

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 1, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by April 15, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 29, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Impacts of the Cloud on Records Management and Archives. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.
All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.

Publisher
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit http://www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates
April 1, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline
April 15, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
July 29, 2019: Full Chapter Submission
Sept 1, 2019: Review Results Returned
Nov 1, 2019: Final Acceptance Notification
Nov 18, 2019: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries
barragansalvadorp@gmail.com

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