Thursday, March 24, 2011

Managing national digital archives

Next at the Australian Computer Society Canberra Branch conference I attended Christine Johnston's presentation on how the National Archives of Australia helps keep the nation's records in electronic format. This involves advising agencies on how to keep e-records and decide which should be transferred to the archive for preservation and for how long.

The process which was developed for paper records doesn't work for electronic ones. A new approach is needed for the flood of electronic records, the government information held on non-government systems and the push for e-government and open access.

I teach some of this in the ANU in the course COMP7420: Electronic Document and Records Management.

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