1st Edition

Recordkeeping in International Organizations Archives in Transition in Digital, Networked Environments

Edited By Jens Boel, Eng Sengsavang Copyright 2021
    262 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Recordkeeping in International Organizations offers an important treatment of international organizations from a recordkeeping perspective, while also illustrating how recordkeeping can play a vital role in our efforts to improve global social conditions.

    Demonstrating that organizations have both a responsibility and an incentive to effectively manage their records in order to make informed decisions, remain accountable to stakeholders, and preserve institutional history, the book offers practical insights and critical reflections on the effective management, protection, and archiving of records. Through policy advice, surveys, mind mapping, case studies, and strategic reflections, the book provides guidance in the areas of archives, records, and information management for the future. Among the topics addressed are educational requirements for recordkeeping professionals, communication policies, data protection and privacy, cloud computing, classification and declassification policies, artificial intelligence, risk management, enterprise architecture, and the concepts of extraterritoriality and inviolability of archives. The book also offers perspectives on how digital recordkeeping can support the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the accompanying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Recordkeeping in International Organizations will be essential reading for records and archives professionals, information technology, legal, security, management, and leadership staff, including chief information officers. The book should also be of interest to students and scholars engaged in the study of records, archives, and information management, information technology, information security, and law.

    Chapters 7 and 9 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 license


    Luciana Duranti

    Introduction: The Value of Recordkeeping in International Organizations

    Jens Boel and Eng Sengsavang

    Chapter 1: Enduring Challenges, New Technologies: Some Reflections on Recordkeeping in International Organizations

    Dieter Schlenker

    Chapter 2: Data Protection in the European Union Institutions from an Information Management Perspective

    Paola Casini

    Chapter 3: Cloud Computing Drivers, Barriers, and Risk Analysis for International Organizations

    Elaine Goh and Eng Sengsavang

    Chapter 4: Extraterritoriality and International Organizations

    Darra L. Hofman

    Chapter 5: Cloud Computing Contract Terms Checklist for International Organizations: A Case Study

    Weimei Pan and Grant Mitchell

    Chapter 6: Mind Mapping Functions for Managing Information, Records, and Archives

    Giovanni Michetti and Stephen Haufek

    Chapter 7: Using Enterprise Architecture in Intergovernmental Organizations

    Shadrack Katuu

    Chapter 8: Managing Security Classified Records in International Organizations

    Ineke Deserno and Eng Sengsavang

    Chapter 9: Security Classification and Declassification within Intergovernmental Organizations

    Shadrack Katuu and Julia Kastenhofer

    Conclusion: Building Future Networks

    Eng Sengsavang and Jens Boel


    Jens Boel is a Danish archivist and historian. From 1995 to 2017 he was the Chief Archivist of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and launched the organization’s records management programme and history project.

    Eng Sengsavang is currently a Reference Archivist at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris. She received her dual master's of Archival and Library Studies degrees from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, in 2015.