Improving access to archives and other records: A modest proposal – Melbourne edition

MonashUni-Caulfield-H_buildingThe Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics in association with the Recordkeeping Roundtable invites you to a second discussion of Chris Hurley’s ‘Modest Proposal’ for improving access to archives and other records.

  • 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?

When and where

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

Luke Bacon is the Editor of Detention Logs and a web designer at Collagraph. Luke has built Detention Logs as an independent archive – an open, independent repository of public interest documents around a specific topic, where records of interest can be collected, organised and made accessible – and has proposed a set of principles for independent archiving projects.

Ailie Smith is a Research Archivist at the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre. Her work includes documenting archival collections, building and maintaining databases, and the development and implementation of database outputs, including online content and standards-based xml. Ailie completed a Master of Business Information Systems degree at Monash University in 2012, specialising in archival and recordkeeping systems, and received the ASA’s Margaret Jennings Award

Kirsten Thorpe is the Coordinator of the Indigenous Unit at State Library of New South Wales. She is passionate about creating spaces of engagement for Aboriginal people to connect with archival sources documenting their history. Kirsten’s professional and research interests relate to the return of archival sources of material to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the opportunities that the digital domain presents for communities to be actively involved in managing their cultural heritage resources. Kirsten is a descendant of the Worimi people of Port Stephens, New South Wales and is descended from the Manton, Feeney and Newlin families.

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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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