Reimagining the Commonwealth Record Series System

  • Carey Garvie National Archives of Australia, Canberra, Australia
  • James Doig National Archives of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Keywords: Archival control, Series system, Digital records

Abstract

In the 1960s, Peter Scott proposed a new way of controlling records at the National Archives of Australia that became known as the Commonwealth Record Series (CRS) system. Acknowledging the ever-changing nature of governments, the CRS focused on the Series as the central entity for controlling records allowing connection to multiple Agents (creators/controllers). What constitutes a record though has always been open for discussion and has become potentially more ephemeral in the digital realm. This paper looks at recent work undertaken at the National Archives to reimagine the underlying data model of the CRS system to allow for more flexibility in capturing digital records.

Author Biographies

Carey Garvie, National Archives of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Carey Garvie is the current Manager of Digital Preservation and previous Project Manager of the Archival Control Model redevelopment project within the Digital Archives Taskforce.

James Doig, National Archives of Australia, Canberra, Australia

James Doig is an Assistant Director, Digital Archives Innovation and Research at the National Archives of Australia with over 20 years of experience in digital preservation and digital archiving.

Published
2022-09-02
How to Cite
Garvie C. and Doig J. (2022) “Reimagining the Commonwealth Record Series System”, Archives & Manuscripts, 50(1), pp. 71-80. doi: 10.37683/asa.v50.10457.
Section
Reflections