Archway is a workflow and documentation system developed by Archives New Zealand to manage:
- Information about government records;
- Information about the context in which they were created; and
- The core archival business processes (appraisal, transfer and description) that generate this information.
Archway was developed in the first instance to provide researchers with access to information about Archives New Zealand’s
holdings through web-based finding aids. The contextual data about the structure and functions of government and how they interacted
over time is also designed to support other activities undertaken by Archives New Zealand, e.g. appraisal, monitoring and standard setting.
Potentially, the data will support inter-dependencies between Archives New Zealand and agency systems in the creation and management of
Archway is an implementation of the Australian Series System for describing archives in context. As such, it separately documents
seven core entities and the key relationships (of control and succession) that exist between them. These are represented in the diagram
below. Archives New Zealand is also indebted to Chris Hurley and his work on codifying attributes of the entities and rules for
Further information about the Australian Series System can be found on the website of the Australian Society of Archivists,
Committee on Descriptive Standards http://www.archivists.org.au/cds/
For more information about the Archway system and Archives New Zealand’s descriptive standards contact the Context Control
Unit at Archives New Zealand,
PO Box 12-050, Wellington, New Zealand.
Phone: (64-4) 499 5595 Fax: (64-4) 495 6210
1Hurley’s Common Practice Rules HCPR-DEA-2001-01 http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/research/rcrg/publications/hcprdea200101.htm