Media release: Tuesday, 4 February 2014
The National Archives of Australia is sharing its expertise more widely, by offering its range of training workshops to people and organisations beyond the Commonwealth Government.
In late 2012, the Archives launched a series of interactive Digital Edge workshops with a focus on ensuring that digital records remain accessible and usable for as long as they are needed, and on reducing the need for new paper records.
'Topics such as avoiding technical obsolescence are important for any organisation and we are therefore making these training courses available to people in state and local government as well as the private sector,' said Director-General of the National Archives David Fricker.
'Information is the lifeblood of all organisations. In today's information-rich environment, access to reliable information improves decision-making, underpins innovation and can provide a competitive edge for any organisation.
'I think most people recognise that there are economic benefits to sharing and processing information digitally. Any business relies on access to reliable information and these workshops support the digital economy by helping organisations to ensure their digital information is organised, accessible and authentic.'
The National Archives of Australia is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of digital management and preservation.
'We have a responsibility for our staff to share their expertise as widely as possible for the benefit of all Australians,' said Mr Fricker. 'The training is based on international and Australian standards so that it applies to any organisation.'
The National Archives currently offers training courses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as its home base of Canberra. Details available at http://www.naa.gov.au/records-management/development/index.aspx