Reducing the amount of content
The 2007 e-document module, which is available via my Moodle system, was based on the material I developed for the ANU course "IT in e-Commerce" (COMP3410/COMP6341). My part of the course was "Metadata and Electronic Document Management for Electronic Commerce". As the module developed I also included material from "Writing for the web" (a short course I had run for local government) and "Extreme web design" (used in ANU course "Networked Information Systems" COMP2410/6340).
There was far too much material for a 12 hour module. The original intention was for the web design and web writing material to be in a separate short module, but that one did not end up running in 2007, thus the temptation to pack all the material into the module which did run. So now what I can do is remove some of what was in the e-document course and put it back in the web course where it can be given the depth it deserves.
The intention was also to apply for accreditation of the course from the ANU. However, the advice was that the 12 hour course was too short to practically fit with the ANU's longer courses. The course would need to be expanded to make it at least a 3 credit point course (half the lenght of the usual one semester courses). This would make the unit far too large for 12 contact hours. The obvious solution would be to add work for the students to do in their own time away from the university, turning this into a blended course. But that would change the character of the course and is something which will have to wait for later.
The course was designed for public servants and based on my experience when in the Australian Public Service. In particular it drew on the report "Improving Electronic Document Management: Guidelines for Australian Government Agencies" which was prepared by a committee I chaired. The description of the module mentions the National Archives of Australia's "Designing and Implementing Recordkeeping Systems" (DIRKS) strategy. However, this was only mentioned briefly in the module.
NAA provide a very detailed manual for their eight step DIRKS strategy, based on the international standard ISO 15489 "Information and documentation - Records management". (Part 1 is the actual standard and Part 2 is the guide)
- Part One: The DIRKS methodology – A users guide (pdf, 448kb)
- Part Two: Step by step through the DIRKS methodology (pdf, 887kb)
- Step A – Preliminary investigation (pdf, 313kb)
- Step B – Analysis of business activity (pdf, 490kb)
- Step C – Identification of recordkeeping requirements (pdf, 391kb)
- Step D – Assessment of existing systems (pdf, 236kb)
- Step E – Strategies for recordkeeping (pdf, 262kb)
- Step F – Design of a recordkeeping system (pdf, 266kb)
- Step G – Implementation of a recordkeeping system (pdf, 298kb)
- Step H – Post-implementation review (pdf, 223kb)
- Part Three: Appendixes (pdf, 932kb)
- Appendix 1: Guide to documentary sources (pdf, 312kb)
- Appendix 2: Guide to interviews (pdf, 240kb)
- Appendix 3: Interview questions (pdf, 178kb)
- Appendix 4: Source identification forms – Acts of Parliament, Statutory rules (regulations), Other sources including interviews (pdf, 254kb)
- Appendix 4: Source identification forms – Acts of Parliament, Statutory rules (regulations), Other sources including interviews (doc, 396kb)
- Appendix 5: Organisation context document (pdf, 255kb)
- Appendix 5: Organisation context document (doc, 403kb)
- Appendix 6: Practical advice for using Keyword AAA and AGIFT terms (pdf, 305kb)
- Appendix 7: Function source document (pdf, 98kb)
- Appendix 7: Function source document (doc, 393kb)
- Appendix 8: Procedures for developing a records disposal authority in the Commonwealth (pdf, 261kb)
- Appendix 9: Guide to developing a business case for a DIRKS project (pdf, 298kb)
- Appendix 10: Recordkeeping cost-benefit analysis (pdf, 327kb)
- Appendix 11: Risk analysis in DIRKS (pdf, 286kb)
- Appendix 12: Recordkeeping feasibility analysis (pdf, 212kb)
- Appendix 14: Glossary (pdf, 249kb)
- Appendix 15: Guidelines for using selected generic activities from Keyword AAA in agency business classification schemes (pdf, 160kb)
In addition, I mentioned, but did not cover in detail "Note for file: A report on recordkeeping in the Australian Public Service", Management Advisory Committee , 31 August 2007. The MAC report suggests a simplified version of DIRKS and states that National Archives developed a quicker and more practical one-step process that complies with ISO 15489. However, the document contains no reference to where this one step process is documented and the link to an Australian Bureau of Statistics case study ‘Keep the Knowledge’ is incorrect.
- Executive summary
- Chapter 1: What is a 'record’?
- Chapter 2: Focusing on the rIght records
- Chapter 3: The case for recordkeeping
- Chapter 4: Supporting good recordkeeping
- Chapter 5: How recordkeeping interacts with information collection, use and disclosure obligations
- Chapter 6: Assessing the current and future recordkeeping environment
- Appendix 1: Key products and initiatives
- Appendix 2: Contributions to MAC report 8
- Supplementary material: Case studies of effective recordkeeping systems in small, medium and large agencies