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Memento : Issue 29
Making it Macro One of the most important responsibilities of the Archives is to identify, from the vast body of records created by government agencies, those records which are to be kept as national archives. We are currently developing a macro-appraisal framework to help us identify these records. The framework will enable us to work with Australian government agencies to ensure that high value records are created, captured and retained as national archives. Macro-appraisal uses a ‘top-down’ approach to analyse the comparative significance of the various functions performed by government. We are currently assessing the 300 major functions of the Australian Government in terms of their significance to the government and the community. To do this, we have collected data from nine key sources including annual budget papers and public opinion polls. The Archives will use rankings identified through the research phase to set priorities for the appraisal of new records, for reviewing records in custody, and for providing recordkeeping advice and assistance to the agencies responsible for the most significant functions. The new framework will also assist the appraisal of functions performed by more than one agency. It will help identify those records that collectively form the best and most concise archival record of the Australian Government. You can read more about the macro-appraisal project, including our research methodology and the provisional ranking of the various functions, on the recordkeeping section of our website at www.naa.gov.au/recordkeeping/disposal/ appraisal/intro.html. We welcome your comments. Recordkeeping Training The National Archives offers a range of recordkeeping training to people working for Australian government agencies. Designing and Implementing Recordkeeping Systems (DIRKS) training dates for the second half of 2005 are listed below. Introduction to DIRKS 20 July, Canberra 22 November, Canberra DIRKS workshops Step A 16 August, Canberra Step B 20 September, Canberra Step C 18 October, Canberra For more information, please look under Recordkeeping – Training on our website at www.naa.gov.au or ring (02) 6212 3764 to discuss your needs. Recordkeeping contacts For advice on recordkeeping standards and guidelines, including DIRKS, appraisal and metadata Tel: (02) 6212 3610 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.naa.gov.au/recordkeeping Autumn–Winter 2005 MEMENTO 9