Free software in service of Archives and Records Management

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Based on the many advantages related to openness, flexibility, stability and licencing freedom, free software programmes are becoming more and more appropriate in the field of info-doc. The question that we present here refers to how we can use free software programs in the scientific management of documents and archives especially for special events such as elections in Tunisia after the revolution of 2011? What are the most important characteristics in common between this software and archives and records management?
The software that has been used in this area called “Greenstone” and digital electoral resources that we developed in this study show that these free systems, despite everything that surrounds them from obscurity to the level of the economic model and the level of development, are only able to answer the problems of the principle of access to information as well as save documents in the long term as an essential community development and to preserve the memory of the people.
In this study, we are trying to advance the history of free software systems, their advantages, their economic model and the context of their emergence in libraries and information centres. We also provide an example of the use of this type of software in both the documentation and management of the experience of elections in Tunisia, this unique experience that came after the revolution of 2011.
Keywords:; ;digital document; ;Greenstone
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of "The 2nd International Conference on Applied Information and Communications Technology" - ICAICT 2014
PublisherMiddle East College
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • free software
  • records management
  • digital document
  • economic model of free software
  • Greenstone


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