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National Archives accepting applications for new awards in digital excellence

by Cameron Gooley •
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In order to encourage government agencies to be more accountable, effective, efficient and collaborative through digital information management, the National Archives has established an Awards for Digital Excellence which will be presented in Information Awareness Month in May 2015.

Applications will be accepted from agencies who responded to the National Archives Check-Up Digital – an online assessment tool intended to gauge the efficiency of digital information processes. Check-up Digital submissions closed on 30 September 2014. 

David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives presented at the CeBIT GovInnovate conference in Canberra on 25 November 2014. In his address he reinforced the commitment of the agency to Digital Continuity 2020 targets, i.e. that Federal agencies and their systems should:

  • Comply with ISO 16175 (Principles and Functional Requirements for Records in Electronic Office Environments) for new business and ICT systems;
  • Record business decisions digitally;
  • Encourage sharing and re-use of data through interoperability;
  • Comply with metadata standards so material is described, sharable and re-usable; and
  • Comply with professional standards set by the National Archives regarding specialist qualifications, skills and capabilities.

Fricker encouraged CeBIT GovInnovate delegates to embrace disruptive technologies and to view technical obsolescence as an opportunity.  

Agencies wishing to apply for the awards must submit a 1,000 word case study which demonstrates:

  • Aptitude in managing digital information through digital continuity (including with limited resources);
  • Accountability;
  • Practice in information governance contributing to improved decision making;
  • Promotion of information assets;
  • Innovative use of technology; and
  • Evidence of building a culture that values digital information.

Applications close on the 28th of February 2015.

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