More Information about AEON
AEON is a tool to assist you access records in the State archives collection. AEON provides information about:
AEON is based on the series registration system which was first developed in Australia and is now widely regarded as a metadata standard.
Entities in AEON
AEON uses sets of entities which are linked to each other in a hierarchical fashion to provide information about the archival records and their contexts. Click on an entity to find out more about it:
An agency is a broad term to describe any Colonial, State or Local government organization in Western Australia, past and present.
All agencies that have transferred archival records to the State Records Office will be searchable using AEON.
AEON also documents the administrative relationships between one government agency and another. These relationships may be either:
Through these administrative relationships, it is possible to trace the structure of government at different points in the States history, as well as follow how a government function may have passed from agency to another over time.
A record series is a collective name for a group of records that have the same origin. A record series will:
A record series may be accumulated by an agency, and succeeding agencies, over time. Record series vary in size from a single record item to millions of record items.
Record series may be linked to each other through the following administrative relationships:
A record item is an individual unit within a record series and is the smallest entity within AEON. Record items describe the archival records themselves and may be in any format such as files, cards, volumes, plans, photographs, etc.
A function is a major area of responsibility, authority or jurisdiction assigned to or assumed by an agency. Functions derive from mandates usually given in legislation. Functions constitute the principal business for any agency.
An activity is a part of a function. Activities are used in AEON to provide a more specific functional context for a record series than can be provided by a function.
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