There is an enormous amount of literature on the various aspects of this topic, but little that can be identified in the way of a coherent research programme that focuses on defining the role of records management, other than the work carried out by the Records Continuum Research Group, centred on and arising from the work of Frank Upward (1996; 1997; 2001) in developing the Records Continuum Model. This in itself is one of the major challenges for this research project.


Hofman (2005, p158) notes the work of Angelika Menne-Haritz (1996), as making a clear distinction between the record as part of a business process, the primary purpose, as contrasted with its secondary purpose, the record as information source for research. He extrapolates this idea to the archive itself, developing a new life in a series of processes: being managed, described, used and interpreted.

The work of David Bearman and the Pittsburgh Project also provides important foundational research for approaching these issues.