"O historian of the future, will you be able to find gems in the straw? Maybe it won’t be worth your while—not unless you have a lot more time than I do. You may sample it, or listen in on something like pure thought, flickering, static-filled, in a vast dark universe." This is why we need archivists. Without intelligent contextual description, this will almost certainly only ever be noise.
A set of capabilities proposed by the IRMT that demonstrate that archives and records institutions can support open government. I know my institution wouldn't meet the checklist, and I'm not sure I want to be committed to doing some of the things it suggests we should do, like providing training.
How long has it been since a significant business archive was donated to a public institution? Well, probably every other day at ANU and Uni of Melbourne, but still good to see. I hope the librarians don't do their usual dastardly work to it.
What to say to people who say "let's just digitise it all: "The Bureau of Meteorology will consider outsourcing its work to save unlucky public servants from close to 1000 years of painstaking data entry"
"Bookkeeping is the instrument that gauges of the lifeblood of every business by recording income and expenses. As such I believe high standards of bookkeeping are essential. It underpins and aids the success of any business, small or large," says Peter Horsfield from financial advice firm Smart Advice". Well der. Who'd have thought that keeping records might be for something other than keeping the tax office happy?
"some doctors were providing medical assistance to shorten the dying process but were worried any changes to the law to condone the practice would add to their paperwork". I find it deeply disturbing that being accountable for such a significant act by creating records about it is seen as merely 'paperwork'. Why is recordkeeping almost never seen as an integral part of a task, but instead some onerous and unnecessary overhead? Accounting for decisions & actions is part of the job.
Tip number 17 of 30: "Work out how to have good and accessible files on issues in these days of very few useful paper files". Am I pleased that they want files, or upset that apparently few paper files are useful? Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/so-you-want-to-be-a-department-head-20120806-23ouj.html#ixzz2D1XvOiHj