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 Proposed changes that affect archives and libraries surround preservation, unpublished records, and copyright material made or first published by the Crown.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."
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.
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.