Records Management

Digital Preservation in the Government Sector

from a Book of same title by Heather Brooke

At this ARK hosted event held in Melbourne 23-24 October 2013 Rosemary Kaczynski chaired an eclectic array of speakers with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to share. She and many of the presenters were keen to convey the message that we are all information managers though our roles and duties may vary within our own sector. It is information management which brings us together to discuss the challenges of preservation, management and retrieval. It is what we do.

I’ve shared some highlights from my perspective and all papers are now available:

Acquisition and Processing of Disk Images to Further Archival Goals

Disk imaging can provide significant data processing and information extraction benefits in archival ingest and preservation workflows, including more efficient automation, increased accuracy in data triage, assurance of data integrity, identifying personally identifying and sensitive information, and establishing environmental and technical context. Information located within disk images can also assist in linking digital objects to other data sources and activities such as versioning information, backups, related local and network user activity, and system logs.


Organizations are increasingly creating, receiving and managing digital records. Sound records management practices require that the same rules and principles should apply to all records regardless of their media or form. Records in digital format do however have some unique characteristics that require specific actions to be taken to ensure that they retain their value for as long as they are required. The purpose of this Guide is to provide guidance related to developing a preservation plan.

Archives Remixed | Archive Journal - Archives and Special Collections in Higher Education

The Practice of Data Curation - As research and teaching produce ever-increasing amounts of data in analog and digital forms, what we do with that data is a question that librarians, archivists, scholars, teachers, and students must address. The four contributors discuss what “data curation” is and might become. We invite you to read through the responses by author or by question.