Media release: Monday, 24 November 2014
The National Archives of Australia has today launched a new awards scheme – promoting excellence and innovation in the management, use and reuse of government digital information.
'Ensuring that the Australian Government and people have access to trustworthy, usable digital information when they need it is one of our commitments,' said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives at the launch.
The National Archives Awards for Digital Excellence will recognise and encourage innovation in digital information management by Australian Commonwealth government agencies.
'Many agencies already excel in managing their digital information,' said Mr Fricker. 'We have introduced the awards to recognise those agencies that are innovative and successful in their approach to digital information management.
'More specifically, the awards will acknowledge agencies that have embraced digital transition, made headway in regard to digital continuity and made a significant change in the way their agency operates in the digital environment.'
Winners will be selected from case studies submitted by agencies that demonstrate progress towards digital transition or digital continuity, or best practice in digital information management. Improvements in accountability and decision-making and innovative use of technology will be considered by the judges.
Applications will be accepted from Australian Commonwealth agencies that have submitted a response to the National Archives' Check-up Digital in 2014.
The awards program was launched today (November 24) by the Archives' Director-General. The awards will be open for applications from 25 November 2014 until 28 February 2015.