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Sustainable Approaches to Public Knowledge - Informatics meets Archives

  • Sep 24, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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For nearly 30 years the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC) and its predecessors have been at the forefront of national and international efforts to develop more sustainable approaches to public knowledge. Their work – based on combining archival science, social and cultural informatics, and technology – has included significant collaborations with universities, researchers, governments, community groups and arts organisations. In recent years, this has included helping to tackle significant societal issues, including:

• Preserving information about nuclear waste for many thousands of years.

• Supporting the 500,000 people who were in institutional care as children in their search for identity and justice.

• Developing systems and processes to support inter-organisational, cross-jurisdictional knowledge management for government departments and other large organisations.

At this session, ESRC staff members Mike Jones and Elizabeth Daniels will outline some of this work, with a particular focus on underlying principles and concepts. Mike will also talk about some of the difficulties he has encountered getting buy-in from key people in organisations. 

Mike and Elizabeth will then lead a discussion with the audience, seeking to investigate how these abstract, often complex ideas can best be communicated by knowledge managers and other information professionals.

Participating in this event will enable you to

• Understand more about the potential application of archival science and theory to organisational knowledge management.

• Develop new ways of discussing informatics and related ideas in an organisational context.


• 6:00 - 6:30 networking over drinks and nibbles

• 6:30 - 7:40 exploration of the topic

• 7:40 - 8:00 wrap up and informal conversations

• Dinner for interested parties

About our speakers

Michael Jones is a Senior Research Archivist with the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre, and Lead Archivist on the Find & Connect Web Resource Project. He works with academics, government departments, and community and arts organisations exploring the potential of informatic systems to support sustainable organisational and public knowledge. @mikejonesmelb

Elizabeth Daniels is a project archivist at the eScholarship Research Centre. Before joining the ESRC, Elizabeth worked as a Qualitative Research Assistant at a social research centre in Melbourne focusing primarily on Federal Government policy, communications, program development and evaluation and staff surveys. She has also done some archival work for several community groups as a volunteer. Since joining the ESRC Elizabeth has worked on several collections, including digitisation, listing, and data entry.

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  • Alberto G.

    Apologies Keith, but am not feeling well. Will catch up when I feel better. Good luck. Alberto

    September 24, 2014

  • Indiarto P.

    Sorry, last minute change. There's an assignment I need to finish.

    September 24, 2014

  • Nicky H.

    A late afternoon meeting has been schedule and I don't think I will be able to get into town for the meeting. I look forward to reading tweets or hearing about the event another time.

    September 24, 2014

  • Richard V.

    The work of the eSRC has been very influential upon my thinking as a KM practitioner. I have collaborated with them for many years now and greatly enjoyed this shared journey. In my opinion, the contribution of this way of thinking (including the combination of archival science, social and cultural informatics, and technology) will have an increasing impact on the theory and practice of KM- now with clear signs of emergence. I encourage anyone with vague interests in this area to come and have a look see.

    September 23, 2014

  • Andrew DuLaney S.

    Sorry for missing the session. I will follow the discussion thru twitter.

    September 1, 2014

  • Arthur S.

    Very sorry to be missing this session. I will be following the Twitter stream from Sweden. See you again in October.

    August 29, 2014

  • BillHall

    ESRC does some brilliant things - well worth attending this one!

    2 · August 28, 2014

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