Always Becoming Symposium

Full Title: Always Becoming: A Symposium in Celebration of 25 Years of Records Continuum Research and Education at Monash
Date: 16 September 2015

The Records Continuum Research Group (RCRG) at Monash University has been the focal point for national and international researchers, educators and practitioners wanting to explore and apply continuum conceptualisations of recordkeeping for over 25 years.

During this time RCRG researchers have contributed to ground-breaking collaborative local and international projects that have evolved continuum models and theory, influenced national and international recordkeeping standards, conceptualised pioneering metadata models, developed inclusive research design, explored trusted archival systems, advanced the need for culturally and politically sensitive archival education, and produced 3D living archives.

‘Always in a process of becoming’ is a phrase drawn from Sue McKemmish’s writing about the continuity of recordkeeping processes over time and space. The Always Becoming Symposium, held on 16 September 2015, aimed to reflect on the legacy of the RCRG and to work with key collaborators on identifying, mapping and planning a research, education and praxis agenda for the next twenty five years.

Key issues were presented, discussed and advanced during the day across four interactive sessions:

Session 1: Addressing the “Co”* Why do we need to address the plural, the connected, the diaspora and the incommensurate?

Session 2: Reflections on the continuum What are the conceptual models that support the “Co”?

Session 3: Designing recordkeeping infrastructures How do we design frameworks, research and praxis to address the why and the what?

Session 4: Facilitating the future Where is this all heading?

Proposed Outcomes

The outcomes of the fourth and final session of the day will contribute to the formation of the RCRG agenda to support research, education, communication, advocacy and activism. This will include identification of opportunities for funding research, education and other collaborations with industry partners. We are also looking for potential authors for the next major continuum monograph, Always Becoming: The Next 25 years. This work will be a follow up to the seminal The Records Continuum: Ian Maclean and Australian Archives First Fifty Years published in 1994,

The Always Becoming Symposium lea into a Public Lecture and Alumni & Supporters Reception on Thursday 17 September 2015 to highlight 25 years of archives and recordkeeping scholarship at Monash under the leadership of Professor Sue McKemmish.

Agenda

9.15 – 9.30am Welcome & Introductions
9.30 – 11.00am Addressing the “Co”
Why do we need to address
the plural, the connected,
the diaspora and the
incommensurate?

Session Leaders:
Sue McKemmish &
Shannon Faulkhead
The title of this session is inspired by the recent
advancement of the prefix “Co” for the (co)create
dimension of the continuum models. It is also motivated
by emerging discussions about the potential frameworks
that can support inclusive, participatory archives. In this
session we consider why researchers, educators and
practitioners need to explore community, collaboration
and complexity, and the possibilities for enabling and
empowering technologies in these areas.
11.00 – 11.30am Morning Tea
11.30am – 1.00pm Reflections on the continuum
What are the conceptual
models that support the
“Co”?

Session Leaders: Leisa
Gibbons & Gillian Oliver
In this session we explore the models of the continuum
and how they have been utilised and adapted to
investigate different elements of socio-cultural
recordkeeping. In doing so, we will identify and discuss
the proposed emerging field of study of continuum
informatics: the study of information continuum
processes. The focus of this session is on exploring the
enduring strengths of the models, as well as identifying
and discussing the gaps and opportunities into the future.
1.00 – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 – 3.00pm Designing recordkeeping
infrastructures

How ​do we design
frameworks, research and
praxis to address the why
and the what​?

Session Leaders: Joanne Evans & Greg Rolan
In this session we discuss continuum design challenges.
This includes exploration of inclusive metadata and
appraisal frameworks, as well as how to design for
multi-dimensional rights in records. The focus of this
session is on how to work with digital and networking
technologies to design and build innovative archival
systems that address the needs of the “Co” to support
interactive and performative evidence of me, as well as
evidence of us.
3.00 – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea
3.30 – 5.00pm Facilitating the future
Where is this all heading?


Session Leader: Barbara Reed
In this session, we all contribute to the future through
consolidating our ideas on the kind of research,
education, communication, advocacy and activism
agendas are critical to transform archival and
recordkeeping praxis. The focus of this session is to
highlight the vital issues, the conceptual opportunities
and the foundations for design that will drive the next 25
years for the RCRG. The outcomes of this session will form
the RCRG agenda in relation to research, education,
communication, advocacy and activism, plus identification
of opportunities for funding research, education and
other collaborations with industry partners.

Participants

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Resources

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