Archivists file new ideas for the digital Church

Members of the Catholic Diocesan Archivists of Australia at the Perth meeting (The eRecord)

The Catholic Diocesan Archivists of Australia gathered in Perth recently to explore new ways of serving the Church in the digital age. Source: The eRecord.

The meeting drew about 30 (online and in person) under the theme of "Walking together in Service with our Community".

The Catholic Diocesan Archivists of Australia (CDAA) is a sub-committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, established to foster fellowship and professional development among the Catholic diocesan archivists of Australia.

With more than 15 speakers presenting throughout the day, archivists were given the opportunity to reflect upon various topics, beginning with Pope St Paul VI’s address to ecclesiastical archivists.

Keynote speaker, Director State Records of WA and State Archivist, Damian Shepherd, spoke about the ways which the State Records Office has been working with a range of agencies to support digital transformation of government services.

The Archdiocese of Perth also shared its focus on a new vision and mission statement for the Archives Office, and the new information management strategy, policies, and records management system which are also a key platform of the Archdiocesan Transition Programme.

Archdiocese Archivist and Director Odhran O’Brien said the meeting identified many opportunities and challenges for the Church across Australia as it seeks to adapt to new ways of doing things.

“Our parishes and agencies now create large volumes of digital information which needs to be managed and this is a particular challenge for regional dioceses,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The key message that came out of the meeting was that if we are going to respond to these challenges effectively as a national community then collaboration is more crucial than ever.”


Archivists look towards ‘Serving the Church in the Digital Age’ (By Amanda Murthy, The eRecord)

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