Spanish historic archives' use of websites as a management transparency vehicle Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2018

start page

  • 185

end page

  • 205


  • 2


  • 18

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1389-0166

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-7519


  • Against the backdrop of Spain's Transparency Act, this articlediscusses the pr esence or otherwise of a series of document types, proposed as management-related transparency indicators, on 61 (8 national and 53 provincial) historic archive websites. Although examples of good practice were identified, the information provided was found to be scant, in particular as regards lines of action, organisa-tional objectives and yearly reports. The information most commonly provided on the websites included the collection classification chart, service use regulations and citizen charters. The inference drawn was that archives, so intently focused on their role in the application of the Act by the organisations they serve, neglect their own administrative obligations in respect of its provisions. The recommendation is that as government-funded and subsidised public service institutions, historic archives should exercise transparency by furnishing the information stipulated in the Act on their websites.


  • Library Science and Documentation


  • historic archives; spain; transparency; indicators; management