The Archives and Records professionals Interest Group first came together as a Birds of a Feather session at Plenary 6 in Paris, September 2015. Although existing RDA groups were already providing a forum for information professionals (for example the Libraries for Research Data Group) and for those interested in historical data (such as the Data Rescue Interest Group), we felt that a new Interest Group would be welcome for two reasons.
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I am a digital archivist working at the Digital Repository of Ireland, the organisation which co-hosted RDA Plenary 3 in Dublin with Insight and the Australian National Data Service in March 2014. As RDA3 was in my home town it was easy for me to attend; and in September I was lucky enough to be awarded an Early Career Researcher bursary to attend RDA4 in Amsterdam.