Monday 22 February 2010

E-Records Seminar

Centre for Archive and Information Studies, University of Dundee


‘Practical Approaches to Electronic Records: the Academy and Beyond’

Friday, May 21, 2010

University of Dundee

The Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee is pleased to announce a one-day seminar ‘Practical Approaches to Electronic Records: The Academy and Beyond’ to be held on May 21st, 2010. To date, tools for identifying, preserving, and providing access to electronic records have been difficult to implement, particularly in archives or manuscript libraries that do not have access to an extensive computing infrastructure. This seminar seeks to generate discussion and action regarding down-to-earth approaches that any archives—whatever its size or budget—can immediately take to address this problem.

The speakers are at the forefront of current research aiming to facilitate the preservation and access of ‘born digital’ materials. Each will present a thought-provoking assessment of a specific topic or project related to electronic records management. The day’s program will also include facilitated discussions regarding specific steps that your archive—whatever its focus—can use to implement a programme for ‘born digital’ materials.

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 and compare work that they have done, or wish to do, with ‘born-digital’ materials, among a diverse group of participants.

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

To register please complete the form at

Draft programme:

9:30 Registration and coffee

10:00 Introduction: Patricia Whatley, Director, CAIS

Session 1: Programme Assessment and Planning

Chair: Dr Karen Anderson, Mid-Sweden University

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 Chris Prom, Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, University of Dundee
‘Building an Electronic Archives Programme on a Shoestring’

12:15 Remarks and Discussion

12:45 Lunch

Session 2: Implementation Tools and Techniques

Chair, Dr Chris Prom, University of Dundee

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
[Title pending]

15:15 Tea

15:30 Final Speaker [to be confirmed]

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

16:30 Dr Chris Prom, final conclusions

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