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Farewell Kate July 28, 2014 1 Comment

Our wonderful colleague Dr Kate Cumming is moving on to new adventures. It’s quite a blow for State Records, and especially for the Government Recordkeeping team. Kate started at State Records in 1999, after a period working for the National Archives of Australia. As a member of the then Electronic Recordkeeping team, she worked on […]

Digital archives update February 25, 2014 2 Comments

It’s two and a half years into the three year Digital Archives project and we have been working hard on our pilot projects, in particular the records of the Special Commission of Inquiry into Electricity Transactions and records of former State Premiers Carr, Keneally and Rees. Key applications have been developed to support the migration […]

(Lots of!) NSW archives information now available in Research Data Australia October 25, 2013 No Comments

Research Data Australia is an Internet-based discovery service designed to provide rich connections between data, projects, researchers and institutions, and promote visibility of Australian research data collections in search engines. It is designed to enable Australia’s research data to become a national strategic resource to support better, more efficient and defensible research, and improved policy […]

Introducing OpenGov NSW April 2, 2013 No Comments

I was pleased at the last Records Managers Forum to be able to talk about a recent initiative from State Records, OpenGov NSW. OpenGov NSW is a searchable online repository for information published by NSW Government agencies, including Annual Reports, other publications and open access information released under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 […]

Research data requires good recordkeeping: Lessons from the Sydney Diet Heart Study and #IDCC13 February 14, 2013 No Comments

Scientific data, research data, data retention, big data – just recently it seems like everyone is talking about data of one sort or another. Last week CBC News reported a fascinating tale of lost and inaccessible data: ‘The case of the missing data’. In it, a US scientist looking into heart disease tracked down some […]

Future Perfect: Digital preservation by design April 5, 2012 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago I went to Future Perfect: Digital preservation by design 2012 organised by Archives New Zealand and held at the national museum, Te Papa, in Wellington. Now in its second year, it’s fantastic to have a digital preservation themed event like this happening in our region – no such event exists, […]

Wrapped in plastic.. a digital archives project update December 2, 2011 1 Comment

State Records’ digital archives project has been underway for 6 months now, so before we all collapse for the Christmas break, thought it might be a good time to let you know how we’re travelling. 1. We’re developing systems to support digital continuity partnerships We see the protection, preservation and accessibility of digital records of […]

What we reckon about keeping digital archives: High level principles guiding our approach September 30, 2011 No Comments

Over the last couple of months in the new(ish) digital archives project we have been researching, talking to people and thinking quite a lot about the principles that should guide our approach to keeping NSW’s digital State archives. While State Records’ broader Policy on digital records preservation (2007) is still extremely sound and sets up […]

U.S. Archivist worried about White House Tweets: Recordkeeping in the social media grey zone May 6, 2011 No Comments

At a recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington DC, Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero raised some concerns about the adequacy of the current archives legislation and whether it has kept pace with the way the US Government does business using technology. In particular, Ferriero pointed to the use of […]

Here today… April 19, 2011 No Comments

Google is closing its Google Videos site and binning your old movies. The search giant, which also owns YouTube, won’t keep the videos that have been uploaded to the site. – Rich Trenholm ‘Google Videos to nix your flix’ CNET News. Accessed April 18, 2011 8:32 AM PDT Perhaps we should actually stop to […]