Right now, for technological, ethical and political reasons, the world’s archivists are suddenly very busy. Advances in digital imaging and communications are feeding an already intense interest in provenance, authorship and material culture. Two recent discoveries – a woman’s name scratched in the margins of an 8th-century manuscript, and John Milton’s annotations in a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio held in the Free Library of Philadelphia – are examples of how new tools are revealing new evidence, and how distant scholars are making fascinating connections.

According to a new report from the Capgemini Research Institute, ‘Connecting the Dots: Data sharing in the public sector’, a vast majority (80%) of public sector organisations surveyed across the world have started implementing collaborative data ecosystems  initiatives, thus recognising the need for a joined-up, data-driven approach to tackle the complex challenges they are facing.

ABBYY’s latest release of Timeline Process Intelligence adds new capabilities to make process mining more accessible, easier to use, and understand business operations.

The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) is strengthening My Health Record protections through a new mandatory conformance profile for clinical information systems (including those used in GP clinics, pharmacies and allied health services) connected to the My Health Record system.

According to ISACA’s Privacy in Practice 2023 research report, a web of complex and ever-evolving data privacy regulations - including strengthening of Australia’s online privacy legislation - is having an impact, with less than half of respondents in Australia and New Zealand finding it easy to understand their organisation’s privacy obligations.

Airservices Australia has issued a Request for Information (RFI) from potential suppliers for the transformation of records management practice. The agency says it is “on a transformation journey to modernise our enterprise technology and uplift existing process, which include the modernisation of its enterprise record keeping capability.”

I lean toward the hype being overblown. Pundits are all agog with ChatGPT, language generation tool built using GPT-3. There are examples galore making the social network rounds demonstrating how ChatGPT has rustled up what looks like a sensible response to a question. It seems that the simple questions that stump Alexa every day could be passé, since ChatGPT can handle them all.

Data holds enormous potential to advance the way we live and work. However, recent research has revealed that the limited ability to create value from data is hindering public and private sectors from achieving key business outcomes such as growing sales or advancing environmental sustainability. Indeed, unlocking the potential of data requires a shift in organisations’ digital transformation strategies. 

The Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) has gone live with iCognition’s secure cloud-based Content Manager, EDRMSaaS, securing iCognition another long-term partnership with the Federal Government.

This year IT and data professionals went on a wild ride, needing to act on projects that may have been sidelined from pandemic-related and supply chain disruptions. Many organizations spent nearly two years focused on remote work, business continuity, and customer retention projects.