Thursday 8 April 2010

Seminar - Practical Approaches to Electronic Records: the Academy and Beyond

A one-day seminar 'Practical Approaches to Electronic Records: The Academy and Beyond' will be held on May 21st, 2010 at the Centre for Archive and Information Studies, University of Dundee. Speakers will consider the question of whether, to date, tools for identifying, preserving and providing access to electronic records have been difficult to implement, particularly in environments without easy access to an extensive computing infrastructure. The seminar is intended to generate discussion and suggest actions regarding approaches to e-records that any archive, regardless of size or budget, can immediately begin take to address local problems.

The speakers are at the forefront of current research aiming to facilitate the preservation and access of born digital materials. They will each present a thought-provoking assessment of a specific topic or project related to e-records issues.

This seminar is being held in conjunction with a meeting of the Section Bureau of the International Council on Archives, Section on University and Research Institution Archives. As such, attendees will be provided ample opportunity to discuss issues and compare notes with a diverse group of international colleagues.

Cost: £65.00 standard, £35.00 students. Includes lunch and coffee.

To register complete the registration form and email it to Jennifer Johnstone at or send it by post to:

ERM Seminar Registration
Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS)
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN
United Kingdom

Fax to: : +44 (0)1382 385523


9:30 - Registration and coffee

10:00 - Introduction: Patricia Whatley, Director, CAIS

Session 1: Programme Assessment and Planning

Chair: Dr Chris Prom, University of Dundee

10:10 - Dr Ian Anderson, Senior Lecturer in New Technologies for the Humanities, HATII, University of Glasgow, The Archivist is Dead, Long Live the Archivist!

10.45 - Malcolm Todd, Digital Archives Advice Manager, The National Archives, London, Horses for Courses: Scaling our Solutions to Support Implementation, Cost Effectiveness, and Trust

11:20 - Coffee

11:40 - Dr William Kilbride, Executive Director, Digital Preservation Coalition, Digital Preservation: Things I wish I knew before I started (and which you might want to know before you do)

12:15 - Remarks and Discussion

12:45 - Lunch

Session 2: Implementation Tools and Techniques

Chair: Dr Karen Anderson, Mid-Sweden University

13:45 - Dr Viv Cothey, E-Preservation Archivist, Gloucestershire Archives, Implementing Digital Curation in Local Authority Archives

14:15 - Peter Cliff, Oxford University Bodleian Library, BEAM: Developing and Implementing Tools to Manage Hybrid Archives

14:45 - Dr Susanne Belovari, Archivist for Reference and Collections, Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives, Boston, Digital Preservation the Planets Way: can it work for smaller archives?

15:15 - Coffee

15:30 - Dr Chris Prom, Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, University of Dundee, Building an Electronic Archives Programme on a Shoestring

16:00 - Round up remarks and discussion, Dr William Maher, University Archivist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

16:30 - Dr Chris Prom, Conclusions

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