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Memento : Issue 17
bytes Meeting of the minds in Madeira The Dublin Core Advisory Committee provides guidance to the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), an international organisation formed to develop online metadata standards that operate across different countries and can be used by government and business. In February, Andrew Wilson attended a meeting of the Dublin Core Advisory Committee in Funchal, Portugal. Among other things, the meeting discussed progress on the project to turn the Dublin Core metadata element set into an international standard. International Records Management Standard The international records management standard (ISO 15489) is edging closer to publication. Countries which are national member bodies of the International Standards Organisation's (ISO) records management committee approved a draft in late January. The international standard draws heavily on the Australian Standard, AS 4390, Records Management. The standard is designed to help government, business, professionals and non-profit organisations to create, capture and manage adequate records to manage their own businesses, meet legal requirements, and maintain corporate and collective memory. It also supports the well-known international quality standards in the ISO 9000 series. Review of DIRKS and the Appraisal Guidelines 12 memento may 2001 Are you doing DIRKS? Are you drowning in documentation? Up to your armpits in appraisal? Surrounded by sources? Bogged down in business analysis? Don't despair -- the DIRKS documentation database is on its way. Doing a DIRKS project generates a lot of documentation. We are currently developing a database to help agencies manage their information and meet their documentation needs. This database will soon be available to all agencies on our list. The documentation database will help agencies gather information from the preliminary investigation phase. It will also help them to prepare a business classification scheme and thesaurus, record functions and activities to identify recordkeeping requirements and formulate disposal classes. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. DIRKS documentation database W e are reviewing the DIRKS Manual, which outlines a best practice approach to recordkeeping, and our Appraisal Guidelines for Commonwealth Agencies which enable agencies to develop disposal coverage for their records. We would like to hear from people who have worked with DIRKS or the guidelines, and will hold forums to discuss the project. To make comments or for more information, contact Rowena Crossman at email@example.com. Both reviews will be completed by the end of June.