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Memento : Issue 17
may 2001 memento Metadata matters across the water The New Zealand Government recently adopted the Australian Government Locator Service (AGLS) metadata standard as the basis for a whole-of-government metadata standard for resource discovery. AGLS was endorsed by the Australian Online Council of Ministers in November 1998 and was mandated for use by Commonwealth Government agencies in April 2000. In August 2000, Andrew Wilson of the National Archives was invited to speak at a New Zealand government seminar on AGLS which led to its adoption across the Tasman. Training The Australian Bureau of Statistics is the first agency to develop a functional disposal authority using the new e-permanence standards. Kerrie Duff, Assistant Statistician ABS (right), receives the new authority from Kathryn Dan, Archives Assistant Director-General, at the signing ceremony on 28 March. As part of its Government Online Strategy, the Commonwealth Government wants agencies to deliver all appropriate Commonwealth services online by December 2001. Our recordkeeping guidelines and standards are an integral part of this strategy and have been mandated by the Government for use by agencies to meet their online obligations. Recently we discussed current recordkeeping issues with our colleagues at the Government Online Conference held in Canberra. Delegates included senior government managers, records managers and IT professionals. Many questions were raised: Are emails and websites records that need to be saved? What are the legal implications of conducting business online? And how can agencies capture records of online transactions so they can be used as hard evidence in court? Fortunately, our guidelines and standards address many of the questions facing recordkeeping professionals in the electronic age. All can be found on our website at www.naa.gov.au/recordkeeping. Moving government online 13 Canberra Working with DIRKS Wednesday, 16 May 2001, 9.00 am -- 12.30 pm Menzies room, National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT Training for Commonwealth Recordkeepers Wednesday, 30 May to Thursday, 31 May 2001, 9.15 am -- 4.00 pm Menzies room, National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT DIRKS workshops This series of practical workshops covers the design and implementation of recordkeeping systems (DIRKS) and the development of a functions thesaurus and a records disposal authority. The workshops are particularly aimed at agencies undertaking recordkeeping developmental projects. Please contact us if you are interested in attending. Melbourne Training for Commonwealth Recordkeepers Tuesday, 8 May 2001, 9.00 am -- 4.40 pm National Archives of Australia, 31 Vision Drive, East Burwood Perth Training for Commonwealth Recordkeepers Wednesday, 16 May 2001, 9.00 am -- 4.00 pm Venue to be advised Please see our current training calendar under 'Recordkeeping' at www.naa.gov.au. Contact us on (02) 6212 3610 or re email@example.com for further information.