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.