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National and Municipal Archives of the Federal Republic of Germany

Resource Type
  • Mayer, Ernst G. (Projekt Datenschutz und Wissenschaftsfreiheit, Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
  • Müller, Paul J. (Projekt Datenschutz und Wissenschaftsfreiheit, Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • Projekt Datenschutz und Wissenschaftsfreiheit, Zentralarchiv fuer empirische Sozialforschung, Universitaet zu Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Institutions
  • Abstract

    Effects of data protection on the archive system in the Federal Republic. Topics: The survey questionnaire is organized in 7 sections: 1. Effects of data protection on the archive: hinderance of one´s own work by legal regulations of data protection; feared impairment of archives in case of extension of data protection legal regulations also to ´files´; perceived tendency to ´over-regulation´; current effects of data protection on archive; resulting refusal of third parties to use archive data due to data protection laws. 2. Legal regulation of acceptance of records from authorities or material registered in the archive: type of legal or administration regulations due to which written material is archived; type of written material that can not be accepted; preservation of written material in trust for authorities; tasks and responsibilities of the archive; perceived restrictive distribution practice of authorities; time limit to acceptance; attitude to storage of personal data on a random basis to reduce a possible data misuse. 3. Mass records: attitude to archiving mass records (scale); refusal by authorities and offices to provide mass records for reasons of data protection; acceptance of mass records within the last 10 years; judgement on one´s own possibilities of continuous acceptance of mass records; presence of systematic plans for preservation or annulment of mass record holdings; interest in recommendations of social scientists for the use of statistical procedures to obtain representative samples from registries of different structure; presence of statistical censuses or surveys since 1945 in personal holdings. 4. Machine-readable data: access to data processing equipment; number of employees with experience in electronic data processing; knowledge about type and amount of machine-readable data accumulating in government offices at the time; judgement on personnel and actual equipment of archive in view of archiving machine-readable data; acceptance of data, complete or on a random basis; characterization of holdings; interest in further archiving; reasons for not yet accepting or reasons for intent to accept machine-readable data in the next few years; effects of use of machine-readable data on archiving process; attitude to preparation and integration of data sets as archive task; assumed future user group with interest in machine-readable data holdings. 5. Tasks and way of working of archive: assessment of archive as information and documentation facility; judgement on selected measures to increase reputation of archive in public (scale); type of acceptance practice of written material by archive; influence of archive on addition of background information to archive holdings; possibilities to estimate future development of holdings; archiving for a limited time documents whose historical value could not be estimated at the time of acceptance; instruments used to record files or develop files; presence of usage statistics; determined changes in composition of users; possibility to classify holdings according to different user groups; perceived change in task of archives in the last few years; expectations of the technical information center for the humanities; securing written material as primary task. 6. Usage regulation: type of usage regulation; presence of usage time limits and conditions for use; type of written material with use time limits; time of sole decision about the usability; modalities of use of holdings; usage regulations and data protection; access modalities for research; perceived change of archive task. 7. Archive laws: probability of a new archive law coming to be; judgement on legal basis of archive up to now and for future requirements of data protection; attitude to the function of archive laws, both to satisfy the need to protect the citizen as well as to meet the information needs of historical research; most important archive tasks needing to be regulated by an archive law; judgement on a usage restriction for authorities after archiving; judgement on practicality of a general right to access and information for persons affected; assumed number of such queries; desire for stronger effort on the part of scientific users for the interests of the archive system; presence of sources containing information on marriages in the time period from 1800 to 1945; superior department; number and course of training of employees.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1981-12 / 1982-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Government archives as well as municipal archives with full-time or professional management
Collection Mode
  • Mail survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Object
    Number of Units: 217
    Number of Variables: 189
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1345 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Mayer, Ernst G.: Informationspolitische und -rechtliche Veränderungen und deren Auswirkungen auf das Archivwesen als Teil der Informationsversorgung der Wissenschaft. In: Müller, Paul J. u.a.: Forschungsfreiheit und Datenschutz im internationalen Vergleich: Endbericht. Köln: Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln, 1983, S. 575-854.

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 235 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Mayer, Ernst G.; Müller, Paul J. (1983): Staatliches und kommunales Archivwesen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.