Media release: Tuesday, 18 August 2015
A tool to help Australia's government agencies and private businesses preserve digital information for the future has been acclaimed in the prestigious Mander Jones awards.
The National Archives was tonight (18 August) announced as the winner of category 1A in the annual awards for its publication Digital information and records management capabilities (the capability matrix). The category is for the publication that makes the greatest contribution to the archives profession in Australia – written by or on behalf of a corporate body.
The Mander Jones awards were introduced by the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) in 1996 to recognise excellence in archival publishing.
On selecting the winner, judges took into account the originality of the subject and whether it addressed unmet needs, among other things.
The award was presented to National Archives Director-General David Fricker at the ASA conference in Hobart tonight.
'Managing information and records in a digital business context is an increasingly complex undertaking due to the proliferation of technologies and formats, and huge volumes of data,' said Mr Fricker. 'If information and records are not effectively managed during their active business life, they risk being lost or becoming technically obsolete and therefore unavailable for inclusion in archival collections.'
'The secret to successfully managing business and government information lies in enhancing the skills of information management professionals. This new publication contains a capability matrix that outlines skills and knowledge needed by organisations and by professionals in the field.'
The capability matrix has been developed within the Australian Government context but is readily applicable to other areas, including commercial organisations. It has already been praised by local and international government and archival bodies.
Digital information and records management capabilities (the capability matrix) can be found at http://naa.gov.au/records-management/development/qualifications/capability-matrix/index.aspx