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Memento : Issue 16
Since launching our e-permanence campaign last year, we have taken our message to a wider audience through trade stalls at professional forums around the country and overseas. These forums have included the annual conference of the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) in Melbourne, the annual convention of the Records Management Association of Australia (RMAA) in Sydney, the Institute of Public Administration of Australia's ACT Branch conference and the Australian Computer Society's ACT Branch Conference, both in Canberra, and the International Council on Archives' Congress in Seville, Spain. Staff have been present at each trade stall to provide advice on our products and to help visitors navigate our website, where most of our products can be found. At each venue, visitors commented on the comprehensive nature and online availability of our products. The Commonwealth Government's Online Strategy was launched last April. Among other things, it requires Commonwealth agencies to ensure their websites comply with the Australian Government Locator Service (AGLS) metadata standard and the Archives recordkeeping guidelines. Agencies are required to report on the implementation of the strategy by responding to a questionnaire. The first round of reporting was in July 2000. Of the 116 agencies that responded, 63 (54%) reported that they expected to obtain our approval to display the AGLS logo on their website, indicating their compliance with the standard. In addition, 65% of respondents expected all online publications to be compliant with the Archives Act by 31 December 2000. A second reporting round was completed in early October. Of the 118 agencies that responded, 81 agencies (68%) expected to have AGLS-compliant sites by December 2000, with a further 19 expecting to be accredited by July 2001. It is of some concern that 71 agencies -- over one-third of those targeted by the survey -- did not respond to the questionnaire. For further information, contact Andrew Wilson on email@example.com. Training update Over the last 12 months we have been developing, presenting and pilot testing a training program for our recordkeeping products. The 'Training for Commonwealth Recordkeepers' program, which concentrates on sentencing and transfer, has been presented as one and two-day workshops in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Further workshops are planned across Australia this year. The 'Working with DIRKS -- Building Better Recordkeeping Systems' half- day seminar was held in Sydney and, due to popular demand, repeated several times in Canberra. More seminars are planned for other States this year. Practical workshops on DIRKS Steps A--B, Step C, Steps D--H, the development of a functions thesaurus and a functions-based disposal authority will be held this year. For further information please see the recordkeeping training program on our website at naa.gov.au/ recordkeeping/training/summary.html or contact Fiona McInnes on firstname.lastname@example.org. Does your website meet the standard? e-permanence on the move Marian Hoy, Assistant Director, Collection Documentation, at the Archives provided recordkeeping advice at the recent RMAA conference in Sydney. More trade stalls are planned for conferences this year, including the combined RMAA and ASA conference in Hobart in September. Last September several Archives staff journeyed to Seville, Spain to attend the International Congress on Archives. For the first time, the Archives was also represented in the large trade exhibition accompanying the Congress. At the trade stand we shared with the State Records Authority of New South Wales, we showcased recordkeeping standards from both organisations, as well as publications and education kits. A steady stream of conference delegates visited the Australian stand, where staff were on hand to answer questions and demonstrate our website. Spain january 2001 memento