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Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Researching Victorian government building records at PROV

If you are researching the history of government buildings in Victoria and need a plan of the building, then why not visit the Victorian Archives Centre? PROV holds the drawings created by the former Public Works Department (PWD) and its successor agency, the Building Services Agency (BSA). These agencies were responsible for the design, construction […]

Marking the spot for a drawing of Charlton’s Rex Theatre in the PROV Collection

Today’s edition of The Age features a front page story about the restoration of the Rex Theatre in Charlton which was severely damaged in last year’s floods.  The Theatre boasts an art deco design and was constructed in 1938. On reading the article the thought that immediately occurred to me was to query whether we […]

Celebrate the National Year of Reading in our Reading Room

Sometimes the most obvious ideas for postings appear right before your eyes, or in this case, literally sit two stories above your brain.  The conception of a posting to mark 2012 as the National Year of Reading initially appeared daunting because the act of reading is central to using just about any record in our […]

Structured Data – Options for capturing structured data in a long term format

As mentioned in the previous post, PROV staff David Fowler and Andrew Waugh have been thinking about structured data.  One of the avenues that has been addressed (a quick walk down, rather than a detailed inspection) is around what are the options for capturing structured data in a long term format.  This issue deals with […]

Structured Data – What portion of the data within a structured data source should be preserved?

One of the major work activities for the VERS program is focused on Structured Data.  Two PROV staff members; Andrew Waugh and David Fowler have undertaken some initial thinking, which is documented (in part) below. For PROV the long term goal of the Structured Data work program is to prepare standards, specifications, and guidelines on […]

Looking for someone? Try our Collection.

Public Record Office Victoria holds a range of historical records that can assist with looking for a person in Victoria and can help you to uncover a person’s history. As the State’s archival authority Public Record Office Victoria  holds records created by Victorian Government departments and authorities, the State’s courts, municipal councils, schools, public hospitals […]

45 years since the hanging of Ronald Ryan

Particulars of Execution Book – the hanging of Ronald Ryan He stood quite still and was cooperative with the execution. As he fell one heard his neck break. After fall no movements. Heart beat for 3 to 4 minutes. No breathing. Cause of death Fracture dislocation of neck consistent with Judicial hanging VPRS 14526/P1 Particulars […]

Development Paths for Agencies aiming to achieve Primary Capability

One of the interesting outcomes from PROV’s work in understanding how Primary Capability was achieved by agencies, was the recognition that agencies have different recordkeeping motivations.  This becomes clearer when two indices are employed to identify motivation; Access and classify, Preservation. This diagram identifies that agencies can be motivated primarily to deliver classification and access […]

VERS (the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy) – What is it?

Since I keep refering to VERS, its worth reiterating what VERS is.  VERS is the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy. Framework The Welcome page to the VERS website states:[1]. “VERS is a framework of standards, guidance, training, consultancy and implementation projects, which is centred around the goal of reliably and authentically archiving electronic records.” Mission The […]

Digital Records – Components for Successful Management

Using the VERS approach we are able to see the components required for best practice recordkeeping and identify how the components can fit together allow records be managed effectively The VERS approach recognises that organisations will develop and implement solutions in stages and according to an understanding of how each component links together. The great […]

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