Wallot-Sylvestre Seminar: David Fricker, Director General of the National Archives of Australia, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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David Fricker
David Fricker

Library and Archives Canada presents:

David Fricker, Director General of the National Archives of Australia
“e-Government: Policy Responses from the National Archives of Australia”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
395 Wellington Street,
Ottawa, ON

Seating is limited. Registration is required.
Please register by email at: BAC.RSVP.LAC@canada.ca


The presentation will be delivered in English with simultaneous French translation, followed by a question period.

If you cannot attend in person, you can follow the proceedings on Twitter using the hashtag #RWSS.

The Wallot-Sylvestre Seminars are a lecture series focused on informing and disseminating strategic thinking in the domains of information science, archival science, history, etc. Lecturers are invited by Library and Archives Canada from the academic, public and private sectors, and include scholars and practitioners.

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Consistent with international trends, the Australian Government has adopted an e-Government policy as a means of providing businesses and citizens with better, more streamlined services. Combined with related government strategies for Cloud, Digital by Default, Digital Economy and the Digital Transition Policy, there is now great pressure on all Commonwealth Government agencies to transform processes and information systems to “go digital”.

Most discussion around e-Government is focused on the use of the Internet and agency ICT platforms to automate processes and services; strategies and policies to assure the essential integrity of the underlying information resources, including records, are under-represented. To fill this policy gap, the National Archives of Australia is playing its role in this major transformation and has launched its “Digital Continuity Policy,” with a set of targets that will equip the Australian Public Service with the digital information assets it needs for proper and effective conduct of operations, and preserve government records as the intellectual property of the nation and the cultural heritage of its people.

Under the Digital Continuity Policy, the National Archives of Australia has set six targets for the year 2020:

  • all new business and ICT systems and tools will comply with the international standard ISO 16175, Principles and Functional Requirements for Records in Electronic Office Environments;
  • agencies will make and record business decisions digitally, using digital authorisations and workflows;
  • the National Archives will develop an Australian Government data interoperability standard for safe, trusted and efficient sharing and reuse of digital information between agencies;
  • all agencies will meet minimum metadata standards set by the National Archives so digital content is described, sharable and reusable;
  • all agencies will meet standard professional records and information management specialist qualifications, skills and capabilities set by the National Archives;
  • all agencies will report annually on their progress in digital information management and the National Archives will report annually to the Government.

Biography of David Fricker

David Fricker joined the National Archives of Australia as Director-General on January 1, 2012.

David began his career at the Australian Customs Service in 1979 after completing a BA in Computing Studies. He held many positions within Customs, managing major innovative border-management projects for passenger processing and cargo control.

In 1987 he moved to the private sector, joining Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Senior Consultant and Account Manager, working with CSC’s clients in the Defence, Science, Immigration and ACT Government sectors on Information Management, Strategic Planning and Project Management.

In 1993 David founded Business Synetics, a consultancy company providing Strategic Planning, Information Systems Architecture and Business Process Improvement services to a broad range of Australian Government agencies including Treasury, Health, Immigration and the intelligence community.

He left Business Synetics in 2002 to join the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) as it was embarking on an extraordinary period of growth and change. For five years he held the position of Chief Information Officer, driving innovation in technical infrastructure, analytical capability and digital information management. He was appointed to the position of Deputy Director-General in July 2007, managing a program of change across the human capital framework, intelligence and information policy, legislative reform, protective security policy and the construction of the new ASIO central office.

As Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, David’s strategic focus has been on the whole-of-government transition to digital records and information management; expansion of preservation capability for paper, audiovisual and digital records; acceleration of the declassification of sensitive archival documents; and the exploitation of emerging technology to enhance the public’s access to archival resources.

David has been an active member of the International Council on Archives (ICA) since 2012, hosting the ICA Congress in Brisbane and achieving the office of President Forum of National Archivists (FAN) in 2013. He was appointed President of the ICA in October 2014.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Professional Member of the Australian Society of Archivists.

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