Problem

Unethical documentation practices


Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Unethical archival procedures
Irresponsible librarianship
Irresponsible information system design
Corruption of documentalists
Irresponsible data handling
Deliberate misleading identification
Unethical practices in classification
Misconduct of librarians
Negligent bibliographic practices
Abuse of cataloguing
Claim:
Under pressure from their employers, documentalists may bias the collection of information and the ways through which it may be accessed. These practices may include: the refusal of access, the refusal to hold certain categories of document (if they are considered offensive to certain scientific, moral, religious or aesthetic principles), biased classification of documents (possibly to the point of rendering them unretrievable), tampering with documents (including forgery, theft and destruction of documents), idiosyncratric design of classification systems to render access incompatible with other documentation systems, dispensing inaccurate or misleading information on the contents of the collection and the availability of documents, reservation of documents for users in exchange for financial or other favours.
Related Problems:
Lack of information
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET
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