| The impact of RAMP studies in the field of education |
The following study, financed by UNESCO, is part of a much broader research endeavor undertaken by Carol Couture and Marcel Lajeunesse, two researchers at the Ecole de bibliothÃ©conomie et des sciences de l’information (UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al, Canada) entitled Archival guidelines and functions: an assessment and evaluation of the content and dissemination of UNESCO's RAMP programme. The project, financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, began during the summer of 1992 and will be completed by June 1993. Two inter-related areas of research are examined: theoretical principles and vocational applications. The first area of study examines the contribution of RAMP studies to the development of archival science by analyzing the many guidelines and principles reported within the studies over the years. In the second part of our research we set out to verify the extent to which RAMP guidelines and principles are enforced. To achieve our goal, we tried to evaluate the circulation of RAMP reports throughout participating UNESCO communities, as well as to assess RAMP report awareness and enforcement within the archival community. Three types of organizations were surveyed: national archives agencies, professional associations and, the focal point of this report, vocational establishments. In surveying vocational training, we wished to investigate RAMP study penetration, considering the 1986 RAMP resolution «to promote and assist (...) in the fostering of professional training in the field of archives and records management as a basis for sound archival policies and harmonious archival development»2.