Why do you value the State's archive?

We want to know why government records and information have value to you and the broader South Australian community.

Read the draft Appraisal Standard and Appraisal Standard Summary and have your say by commenting below.

 

 

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Bas de Groot

22 Sep 2020

In setting the criteria for records valuation, can State Records cooperate with the State Library? Both institutions manage/preserve collections that include 'Records that support Aboriginal people and tradition', 'Records that document impact on people', 'Records that document impact on place' and especially 'Records of events and changes in society'. Really the only difference is whether those records were created by Government or not, but the impact on society, place and people can in many cases be the same, and so the valuation of those non-governmental records should be on par with the governmental records.

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Bas de Groot

22 Sep 2020

The draft standard covers most bases, and is well-written. I just had a few thoughts and observations.
- With the increase in digital data and continuous change in technology, should there not be a criterium for keeping records that document those changes in technology? Without those records, will it not be more difficult, in future, to keep records accessible, or to ascertain the validity of records that have been through several file format changes?
- The draft standard seems to be heading in the direction of macro-selection, but does not provide for the possibility that some government functions might not warrant retention at all: the individual determinations about valuation seem to be not really taken using a top-down vision of society, but mostly by a bottom-up approach by individual agencies, which might miss that overview of society. Continued input from historians on the SRC remains a vital necessity, and should possibly be increased.

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