What do records do in people's lives that nothing else does?

Activation and impact: the societal role of records and record-keepers 

This two day conference is organised by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies, in association with the UK Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research.

It addresses the question "What do records do in people's lives that nothing else does?". A range of international speakers will discuss this in a number of contexts including social justice, integrated data, disclosure risk and FOI, litigation and reconciliation, participatory archives, and managing email and information in a Web 2.0 world. 

The keynote speaker for this conference is Elizabeth Emmerson, Chief Archivist for the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, previously the Head of the Archives and Records Unit in the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). 

Discussion and research on how the development and management of personal, corporate and private records impacts on us as individuals and on society enables the development of systems which meet users’ needs and those of society in general. Having answers helps us to understand the importance of maintaining a focus on ‘records and recordness’ in a world where numerous other information resources and memory tools appear to encroach on records’ “space” and threaten to overwhelm. At the same time, many people who create and use data and documents neither make, nor need to make distinctions between those resources which meet formal definitions of ‘records’, and those which don’t. Do we need therefore to work with definitions which consider records’ functions in relation to use and users, rather than those based on ontologies which only record-keepers understand?

This conference seeks to explore these themes in order to develop record-keeping methods which are both responsible and responsive and to consider their educational dimension.

The conference will take place on the 5-6 April 2016 in the Apex Hotel, Dundee.

Cost: £140/£70