January 2016

Proposed changes to copyright laws

Amendments to bill would affect archives and libraries
Image Copyright © Horia Varlan
In December 2015, the Federal Department for Communications and the Arts released an Exposure Draft of an amending Bill to the Copyright Act 1968. Proposed changes that affect archives and libraries surround preservation, unpublished records, and copyright material made or first published by the Crown.

To read more on the potential impact the changes would have, click here.

VAGO Report released in December 2015

Access to Public Sector Information
In December 2015, the Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) released its report titled Access to Public Sector Information. It responded to the 2009 Parliamentary Inquiry into Improving Access to Victorian Public Sector Information and Data, and focused on three government agencies.

As part of the VAGO report, there was a recommendation (number 4) for agencies to "assess their information management maturity using the PROV Information Management Maturity Measurement (IM3) tool, (and to) determine what improvements are needed and implement a plan to achieve these."

The VAGO report can be found here.

IM3 - Version 1.5

Updated Information Management Maturity Measurement tool
PROV's IM3 tool has recently been updated.

Version 1.5 includes more consistent language, and up-to-date links to Victorian information management policies, standards, guidelines and legislation.

To read more, see here.

There will be more to come on IM3 in the next edition of PROV Bytes

New archives opened for 2016

January 1st saw personal histories revealed

The start of every calendar year sees records held by PROV, which were previously 'closed', become 'open' to the public.

Under Section 9 of the Public Records Act 1973, files of a personal or private nature are closed for up to 99 years to prevent the violation of personal privacy.

One such example now open to the public this year is the capital case file of murderer Morris Ansell, whose death sentence was downgraded to life imprisonment, on 10th of April 1940.

Find out more here. Also read the ABC's article on the record openings.

Draft VCAT Retention and Disposal Authority (RDA)

Request for feedback

PROV invites stakeholders to review a new draft RDA for records of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Feedback can be provided up until COB Friday 12 February.

More information, and links to the RDA and background information, can be found here.


Last word...

PROV Volunteers share some of their experiences
PROV is indebted to its large band of volunteers, who contribute countless hours of service on a range of archival related tasks, helping to preserve and digitise records of significance to the state of Victoria.

Some of our volunteers have recently shared their experiences. Marilyn Kenny presented a speech at the PROV volunteer end-of-year event in December 2015. The transcript can be read here.

Leonie Marshall and Gail Thornthwaite, two of our longest serving volunteers, each have a Q&A available to read here.

What's on?

January and February 2016
Tuesday 26 January, 11am (Australia Day)
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
Behind the Scenes Tour

Saturday 30 January, 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre
Saturday Opening

Tuesday 2 February, 10am-4.30pm
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
Free Floor Talk - 'Soldier On' Exhibition

'Building Communities' w/Marguerite Bell

Saturday 13 February, 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre
Saturday Opening

Monday 22 February, 11am
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
Behind the Scenes Tour

Tuesday 23 February, 11am
Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
Free Floor Talk - 'Soldier On' Exhibition

'1925 Royal Commission' w/Doug Robertson

Saturday 27 February, 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre
Saturday Opening

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