We have the answer.
The answer to how to effectively manage your digital information.
And the answer is in the questions.
It’s that easy.
OK, bear with me a moment. At its most basic level, managing digital information is about making the appropriate decisions as to what level of time, resource and cost you’re going to spend to ensure you have the right technology supporting the right information in delivering the right business requirements. Once you know what that is, you can apply the people you need to work together using the tools they need to deliver the outcomes you need. See? Easy. And that’s the message at the heart of our rather excellent Digital Continuity training course.
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The first few months of every calendar year mean one thing to colleagues in my department: it’s “Accessions” time!
Newly accessioned records: this is where the archivists' work begins (image courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office)
Accessions to Repositories is an annual survey we run to map and record what archives all over the country have collected in the previous calendar year. We survey over 300 archives which are actively building their collections, so it’s a major piece of work.
At the end of each year’s project, we publish survey highlights on the website, including themed digests for different subjects, from modern politics to garden history and the history of London. But most of the work goes on behind the scenes, using this information to update the National Register of Archives, and that’s happening right now. The Register already contains information on the surviving archives of 221,140 different families, organisations, people and businesses*. It’s the headline information source for where archives are held across the UK. Where possible it gives you links to more detailed information about archive holdings.