Tuesday 26th November, 2013
1:30pm to 1:55pm
This session looks to offer alternative ideas to the traditional practices in archiving in the digital environment. We have for a long time looked to digitise and store any electronic file as though it’s an archive – unique and to be treasured. While that is wise in some ways, it creates many problems in others, not least in terms of the costs associated with digital storage.
In the current fiscal climate Archives New Zealand are looking to create solutions to these problems, one of which is to diversify the way we handle digital archives. We’re looking into splitting our collections into physical originals, digital master originals or replications and digital access surrogates, where only two of these categories exist, not all three as we’ve become used to.
We’ll look at how the internet liberates this approach by tying a record’s provenance to the actual archive not digital versions found online. It’s involving rethinking every bit of digitisation work we’ve ever done and inventing new tools to make it happen, and most importantly, reinventing our thinking.
David Sanderson is the Senior Advisor within the Archives Online team at Archives New Zealand.
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