The National Archives' organisational research priorities

Supporting Government data and policy

  • Facilitating the responsible publication of government data 
  • The codification and re-use of statutory information as linked data: for example, legislation and the official Gazettes
  • Using research and new thinking to support government policy in records, data and information management

Access, use and the user

  • User participation: for example, the potential for and role of user participation in cataloguing or The National Archives' other activities and services 
  • Accessibility and use of online material: for example, the implications for the organisation of how digital is changing research; using technology to identify place names, personal names and subjects within our holdings

Digital information management

  • Digital information collection, management, sustainability and access: for example, the implications of managing information in an increasingly diverse digital landscape, the development of techniques / technologies for automatic selection and classification of documents; the implications for records of different types of compression 
  • Socio-cultural aspects of information management: for example, why users do not use EDRMs

Leading the archive and information sector

  • The National Archive's role in information standards and strategy: for example, supporting research into standards for and quality of service provision in the wider archives sector, and strategic issues facing archival institutions 
  • The National Archives' role as sector leader:  for example, research that supports evidence-based policy making, advice, and advocacy on behalf of the sector, including private archives

Caring for collections

  • Sustainable stewardship: for example, targeting wider collection management issues in order to provide solutions for sustainable stewardship of The National Archive's collections 
  • Managing material change: for example, understanding materials, degradation processes and the relationship of materials to their environments, to enable The National Archives to predict the long-term stability of its holdings 
  • Digital preservation:  for example, identification of file formats, in particular, text-based file formats, and encrypted or protected files of all formats; the application of forensic computing techniques to digital preservation; the potential value of only preserving material at a bit-level