Media release: Thursday, 24 July 2008
The National Archives of Australia continues to push for an integrated approach to managing digital information at the 16th International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Held every four years, the Congress celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2008, and has attracted 1200 archivists from 138 countries. The ICA promotes the preservation, development and use of the world's archival heritage.
The theme of the Congress is 'Archives, governance and development: mapping future society'. It provides the National Archives with an opportunity to collaborate and explore further ways of creating and preserving digital information.
The Director-General of the National Archives, Ross Gibbs, said the ICA Congress also enables the National Archives to promote the digital agenda on the world stage.
'The current environment does not provide an in-built process for the creation and long-term management of digital information,' he said. 'There is a real need for an integrated approach to managing data.'
Mr Gibbs is presenting a session entitled 'A decade in digital: new directions for managing and preserving information' and is also co-presenting, with the Victorian Auditor-General, the Papua New Guinea Public Service Commissioner and the New Zealand Deputy Ombudsman, 'Good governance through the forging of strategic alliances with key public officials'.
Archival institutions in Australia and New Zealand have also been working with other countries to achieve global consensus on the desirable recordkeeping capabilities of office software products.
Australia will be hosting the next (17th) ICA Congress in Brisbane in 2012.