The Case for Nationally Recognised Technical Specifications for Digitisation in New Zealand

“Central and Local Government agencies have a key responsibility to preserve and make records that reflect our history and identity publicly available: their collections trace events and decisions that shape our nation and the lives of Kiwis.”

Authored by NZMS founder Andy Fenton, The Case for Nationally Recognised Technical Specifications for Digitisation in New Zealand brings attention to the shortcomings of existing legislation and practices regarding digitisation standards.

Fenton facilitates conversation on the importance and current state of nationally recognised standards in the Information and Records Management (IRM) sector. He discusses how existing legislation relates to the matter, considers how our counterparts in overseas IRM sectors approach this issue, and provides a comprehensive case for establishing nationally recognised technical specifications for digitisation.

Concluding with substantiated recommendations and contemplating where the sector may go from here, Fenton closes with a request for feedback. We encourage our colleagues to provide their opinions, comments, and criticisms to further continue this conversation.