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we can provide a strong professional presence and lobbying voice; perhaps we may even achieve more recognition
in the organisations for which we work, if we encourage interaction and highlight commonality.
United, we might also stand a better chance of solving common problems. Richard Cox stated nearly a decade
ago: "...I remain convinced that the split organizational, philosophical and professional between archivists and
records managers is a serious deterrent to the possibility of achieving any success in the administration of
electronic records and recordkeeping systems" (Cox, 1996). This split also impedes other initiatives, such as
competitive intelligence and knowledge management, and information sharing in general. Is there really such a
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