IG Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data RDA 9th Plenary meeting

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11 January 2017 1988 reads

Meeting title

IG Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data: Focus on Digital Preservation

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group: 

The objective of this group is to explore the areas where the principles and practices in the information disciplines of archives, records management, and research data curation overlap and where they diverge. 

Archives and records professionals serve in a range of critical roles: as experts in ensuring access, preservation, and reuse of records and archival collections; as provocateurs for good records curation practices; and as advocates for the construction of sustainable infrastructures for information sharing. 
This group intends to provide a platform for records professionals involved in research data management to discuss and address relevant issues, as well as seeking ways that archival and records management skills can contribute to the development of research data management practice.

We encourage archivists, records professionals, and other information professionals to attend, along with any RDA member with an interest in learning about how records professionals can contribute to research data management.

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc

Group page: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/archives-records-professionals-for-re...
Case statement: https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/archives-and-records-professionals-res...
RDA for Disciplines: Librarianship, Archival Science and Information Science: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rda-disciplines/rda-and-librarianship-archiv...

Meeting objectives

  • To meet and foster connections among professionals interested in exploring the areas where the principles and practices in the information disciplines of archives, records management, and research data curation overlap and where they diverge.
  • To allow the RDA community to present digital projects for comment and feedback by the records professionals.
  • To discuss the development of guidelines documentation relating to digital preservation aimed at the broader RDA community.

Meeting agenda

  • Welcome and Introductions (10 minutes)
  • Planning joint sessions - opportunity for other group representatives to explain their work and propose potential future collaborations or joint sessions (10 minutes)
  • 3 presentations from RDA members wishing to present their projects for feedback from the Archives and Records Professionals Group (5 minutes presentation plus 5 minutes feedback) (30 mins)
  • The focus of this session will be a discussion on how the group can progress its work in relation to the development of digital preservation guidelines for the RDA community. We will solicit suggestions on the types of challenges that organisations face in addressing digital preservation, define the purpose and goals to be achieved, and look to assign roles and action points to group members. (50m)
  • Wrap up and close (10m)


This meeting is aimed at those working in the recordkeeping profession (eg. archivists or records managers), but also those involved in research data curation who are interested in how archival principles can apply to the research data domain.

If participants are not familiar with archival theory and practice, the RDA blog post “Bringing New Skills Into RDA: The Archives And Records Professionals For Research Data Interest Group” (https://www.rd-alliance.org/blogs/bringing-new-skills-rda-archives-and-r...) provides an introduction to the purpose of the group for RDA members who have not participated before. There is also a short reading list at the end of the blog which might be of interest.

Group chairs serving as contacts: Rebecca Grant

Type of meeting:Working meeting

Group maturity: 6-12 months