Born This Way: Business Archives and the Digital Record
The 2012 Business Archives Council Conference, Born This Way: Business Archives and the Digital Record, was held on Thursday 8th November 2012 at The Baring Archive, 60 London Wall, London, EC2M 5TQ.
This conference considered the challenges and opportunities which digital records present to business archivists, records managers and users. Speakers looked at born-digital and digitised records from a variety of perspectives including approaches to access, interpretation and education, enhancing the user-experience, regulation and compliance, and IT solutions.
For the first time this year the conference included a panel discussion where experts debated the future implications for the management of digital records in the business environment.
The programme was as follows:
From 09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 - 10.30 Business Archives Council A.G.M.
10.30 - 10.40 Comfort break
10.40 - 10.45 Welcome and introduction to the conference
Session 1 Digital Demystification
10.45 - 11.15 Discussion session: examining the issues
Rabbit in the headlights: archivist meets digital preservation
11.15 - 11.45 William Kilbride (Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition)
11.45 - 12.00 Tea and coffee
Session 2 Sharing Knowledge: widening our professional outlook
12.00 - 12.30 David Hill (Manager Information and Records, Bank of England)
A records management perspective on born-digital records: RM at the Bank of England
12.30 - 13.00 Simon Rooks (Multi-Media Archivist, BBC)
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
Session 3 Digital Delivery: two case studies
14.00 - 14.30 Vicky Stretch (Archivist, Network Rail)
New Access to Old Stuff; the value of the Network Rail Virtual Archive
14.30 - 15.00 Clara Harrow (Archivist, The Baring Archive)
Risks and Rewards: Using digitised sources to open up the world of finance past and present
15.00 - 15.30 Tea and Coffee
Session 4 Taking stock and moving forward
15.30 - 16.00 Oliver Morley (Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives)
16.00 - 17.00 Panel Discussion (chaired by Oliver Morley)
Our speakers debated the future implications for the management of digital records in the business archive environment
Following the conference, a reception was held for the presentation of the Wadsworth Prize for Business History.