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You don’t gotta catch ’em all: managing text messages for business December 22, 2016 No Comments

We recently published new advice on managing text messages as records. It provides guidance on how you can capture text messages into your corporate recordkeeping system. It is, however, only half of the conversation – and the second half at that. Before we jump into managing text messages as records, we need to think about […]

The Magic Touch: balancing autonomy and automation November 25, 2016 No Comments

One of the persistent challenges of digital records management is the creation and capture of appropriate records of our business. In our current digital environment, records creation and capture is largely decentralised. There is no longer a cardiganed records manager creating and filing records on everyone’s behalf. Instead, users are responsible for creating and capturing […]

Readying for Release – open data initiatives November 14, 2016 No Comments

In the same week, the Productivity Commission released a draft report on Data Availability and Use and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet released Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan for feedback. The release of these drafts is a timely reminder to reflect on our data management practices and how we are […]

Text messages are State records November 4, 2016 No Comments

Following recent media coverage on text messages and messaging services, we would like to remind NSW public offices that text messages created or received in the course of official business are State records.

Game, set and match! – Gamifying records management eLearning October 14, 2016 2 Comments

The Council of the City of Sydney’s new records management eLearning module shows us that learning about records management can be a rewarding experience. The module uses gamification techniques to guide learners through their records management responsibilities while building a new park in the fictional city of Urbanville.

We support your Right to Know! September 28, 2016 No Comments

Today is Right to Know day and State Records NSW is proud to be a Right to Know 2016 Champion! One of the themes this year is Open Government in Action. Open government increases accountability and promotes citizen input to government service delivery and policy development.

Not enough monkeys, not enough typewriters! Why is digital disposal getting away from us? September 7, 2016 4 Comments

We revisited digital disposal at our recent Digital Implementers Group meeting. We were interested in how things had progressed since the topic was last discussed. Were the main drivers for digital disposal still compelling? Were the main blockers still impassable? After an energetic discussion, we knew we faced familiar challenges, but also included are some […]

Trust no one? The truth is out there August 12, 2016 No Comments

Much has been made of privacy concerns around the 2016 Australian census. Unfairly or not, much of the early discourse[1] was centred on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ intention to retain name and address information for four years. Many commentators have shared their views on whether they trust the government on how they will use […]

Digital Implementers Group – mashing six TRIM implementations into one funky remix August 2, 2016 No Comments

We recently convened our regular hex-hebdomadal Digital Implementers Group meeting. Dr Ann Turner shared some fascinating insights into her experiences consolidating six distinct TRIM implementations into a single TRIM instance for the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). Dr Richard Lehane spoke about the philosophy and practice of our Digital State Archives.