Improving access to archives and other records: A modest proposal

Come and join us at the next Recordkeeping Roundtable event, in which we will be exploring some ideas for presenting and sharing archival description information to better harness the opportunities of the online world, and do it in a sustainable and scalable way.

When: Monday, March 31, 5.30 – 7.30 (workshop will start at 5.30 sharp)
Where: Seminar Room, ATP Innovations – Ground Floor, National Innovation Centre, Australian Technology Park, Redfern (directions)
Cost: Gold coin donation
To register: Go to the online booking form

  • How can we make recordkeeping part of the online discovery world?
  • Is digitising vast quantities of gathered records in established “collections” what we need?
  • Do we need better ways of accessing un-gathered records online?
  • Are the existing online discovery tools adequate?
  • How can we break down the silos that separate one “collection” from another?

To start this conversation, distinguished recordkeeper Chris Hurley will present on his ‘modest proposal’ for improving access to archives and other records. The panel will then respond to this proposal and there will be a Q&A session inviting questions and comments from the floor.

The panel:

  • Chris Hurley has been a recordkeeper for over forty years, in both government and the private sector. He was Keeper of Public Records in Victoria in the 1980s and A/g Chief Archivist of New Zealand in the (then) National Archives in the early 2000s. He now works for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. His particular interests lie in the areas of description, accountability, and archival legislation and he has taught and spoken extensively on these matters. Most of his many published articles and talks are now available on his web site descriptionguy.com
  • Michael Jones is a Senior Research Archivist at the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre. Since starting at the Centre in 2008 he has worked on numerous paper-based and digital archival projects. His positions have included: Acting National Program Manager for the Find & Connect Web Resource project; Advisory Group Member on the University’s Digital Research and Data Preservation Strategy; and Reviewer for the Journal of Knowledge Management. Prior to joining the Centre, Michael completed a Masters (Research) in Art History at the University of Edinburgh, and worked as a trainer, manager and project officer in the corporate sector.
  • Richard Lehane is an archivist at the State Records Authority of NSW. He is a member of the digital archives team, who are undertaking a three year project to build a whole of government digital archive for New South Wales. Richard also works on State Records’ Open Data project, <http://data.records.nsw.gov.au>, and new search engine, “Search” <http://search.records.nsw.gov.au>.
  • David Roberts is the inaugural professional Archivist at Newington College, an independent boys’ school in Sydney. He served as the Director of the State Records Authority of New South Wales from 1998 to 2008. He is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer and Information Science at Edith Cowan University.  His professional interests include standards and systems for the description of archives and their context, the management of digital records, and the use of technology for enabling people to engage with archives. He is the author of chapters in all three editions of Keeping Archives and of Tabularium, collection management software for small archives.

Moderated by The Recordkeeping Roundtable’s Kate Cumming and Cassie Findlay.

Participants will be emailed with a link to Chris’s ‘Modest Proposal’ to read, a week or so in advance of the event.

For anyone interested in better federated access to records of enduring value, this is an event not to be missed!

With thanks to our sponsor ATP Innovations ATP Innovations logo

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About Cassie Findlay

Digital archivist and recordkeeping professional, co-founder of the Recordkeeping Roundtable. @CassPF on Twitter.
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