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Date of meeting:                    Friday 25th September 2015

Venue:                                    Westminster Archives Centre

Theme:                                   From Physical to Digital


Coffee Followed by Welcome and Housekeeping


Update from the Executive


Keynote Speaker: Chris Bellekom (Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands)

Transition from "Analog to Digital"  covering 1. Digital mailrooms and the advances that have been made in the previous years. 2. The utter importance of process design and (document) structure and 3. How to bully your organization into upholding these structures.


Comfort Break


Jonathan Engel -- Improving information retrieval through metadata tagging

Jonathan’s talk will address the challenges in finding relevant information.  It will review the types of metadata available to comprehensively describe content, and how these can be utilised in a standard approach to content tagging. This standard approach – involving multi-faceted taxonomies extended with synonyms, related terms and contextual keywords – can also be aligned with high-level data models.  Jonathan will include some case studies where this approach proved successful and review the specific business benefits. Finally, he will discuss how this approach can be implemented through automated content classification, improved navigation and search, persona-based information delivery and document lifecycle management.


Comfort Break


Sponsor Presentation: TNT Business Solutions


Lunch & Networking Opportunities


Update from the Executive – Meic Pierce Owen – Chair of the IRMS Exec


Digital Continuity: An interactive workshop covering the basic aspects of Digital Continuity led by Joanne Butler and Fiona Kearney from The National Archives.


Summary of the Day and Close


The date of the next meeting will take place on 4th December


Jonathan Engel

Jonathan is a specialist in information architecture and content management. He is committed to harnessing computer technology and software to make information production, retrieval and distribution more effective and efficient. He’s built and implemented content classification and information management systems for UK government agencies, global companies and influential charities. His projects have covered media, financial services, telecoms, health care and consumer products. He spent much of his 30-year career at Reuters, where he devised the classification and metadata scheme for its multimedia news and data products. He now runs his own information architecture consultancy, InfoArk, and works regularly with knowledge management specialists TFPL. His clients have included Unilever, Dow Jones, Times Newspapers, the UK Care Quality Commission, the NHS in Scotland, the Department for International Development, Oxfam International and online retailer Shop Direct Group.

Chris Bellekom

Chris has worked for Shell, The Royal Library of the Netherlands and a wide variety of Municipalities before making the decision to become self-employed. He is currently responsible for Information and Records Management at the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands and as such he's sort of busy...

His background in building digital archives, Interim management, Mailroom technologies, email management and digital preservation make for an interesting and eclectic history. He does not believe you need many people to provide excellent records management in an organization. He does believe you need the right people.


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