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Tag Archives: records management

Public Records Amendment Bill 2014 – Current Status

Public Record Office Victoria would like to advise agencies that the Public Records Amendment Bill 2014 lapsed when Parliament was prorogued.  As a result, the Public Records Act 1973 remains unchanged (view the current act here).  The Bill proposed a number of changes to the Public Records Act 1973. These changes included formalisation of a new […]

A new system of government inquiry: what impact on record keeping?

Introduced in September this year, the Inquiries Act 2014 formally establishes three tiers of government inquiry in Victoria. The Act carries new implications for records received and created by inquiries, including a change in the agency responsible for dealing with Cabinet records. Perhaps though, what is most interesting about the regime is that it permits […]

Nudge and Behavioural Insights

I was lucky enough to attend the recent IPAA 2012 Conference (http://www.ipaa2012.org.au/). One of the presentations was by David Halpern (Director, Behavioural Insight Team at Cabinet Office). In this presentation, David identified a number of activities that his office was undertaking. The Behavioural Insights team is linked to the Nudge programs and Big Society. There […]

Recordkeeping and the Public Records Act

Often there appears to be confusion about the drivers for keeping records and the role of the Public Records Act (PRAct). A good example of this confusion can be seen in the often repeated statement; “The Public Records Act makes public servants keep records.” Actually, the need for public servants to keep records is not […]

A million here a billion there – another view

Image and Data Magazine (May-June 2012)[1] reports Gartner research identifying that “the most difficult aspect of email management is establishing and enforcing email retention policies…”  The research discusses PST (what’s PST?  Our friends at Wikipedia[2] describe PST Personal Storage Table “an open, proprietary file format used to store messages, calendar events, and other items within […]

Why ICT Projects Fail

In November 2011 the Ombudsman (withVAGO) published a Report entitled “Own motion investigation into ICT-enabled projects[1]”  In summary five headline themes were identified that cause or significantly contribute to ICT project failure:  These were project: leadership, accountability and governance planning funding probity and procurement management. The Ombudsman’s  Report provides agencies with one set of key […]

Accelerating positive change in electronic records management

  Archives and Manuscripts (the Journal of the Australian Society of Archivists) Vol 39 No2 Nov 2011, edited by PROV’s own Sebastian Gurciullo has an interesting article by Julie McLead, Sue Childs and Rachel Hardiman – Accelerating positive change in electronic records management: headline findings from a major research project (pp65-93).   Though it’s UK orientated, […]

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 […]

Digital Records Degradation and Loss

All records are subject to forces that degrade accessibility over time.  These forces can be seen to operate in two major attributes; content and media.  An example of content degradation is language change.  While this can be sudden, experience for Western countries has been that language change has been slow and is measured in the […]

How many digital records might be need to be kept for ever?

The digital archive is established to store and manage digital records that are identified as having permanent value.  Permanent means that these records will be kept for ever as they have a value to the Victorian community over time.  Public Record Office Victoria holds a vast array of records created by Victorian Government departments and […]

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