Media release: Wednesday, 18 June 2008
The challenges of managing information in a digital world will be discussed by national archivists from Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand at the National Convention Centre in Canberra today.
Ross Gibbs, Natalie Ceeney and Dianne Macaskill – respectively, the heads of the National Archives of Australia, The National Archives (UK) and Archives New Zealand – will outline the current business issues facing their organisations and government agencies in their countries at Fast Forward – Integrating Digital Business Solutions. The half-day forum has attracted more than 100 senior managers, records managers and chief information officers from Australia and overseas.
'Digital records pose complex challenges for archives. With the wide variety of software and hardware being used by governments, it is vital that agencies are aware of the latest infrastructure and advice available to support the management and preservation of digital information,' Mr Gibbs said.
The forum, which follows on from last year's Digital Futures, will also examine a number of case studies from Commonwealth agencies which have successfully worked with software vendors to address digital recordkeeping needs. Their collaboration will help ensure the preservation and accessibility of such records well beyond their creation.
Eight system vendors and agency partners will present their digital recordkeeping solutions at the forum.
Under the Australian Archives Act, the National Archives' responsibilities include managing Commonwealth records, and developing and coordinating the preservation and use of Australia's archival resources.