Truth, justice, accountability are fundamental to human rights but in many parts of the world, are in short supply. It has always been in the interests of authoritarian regimes to distort truth, pervert justice and avoid accountability. Worryingly, it is becoming more mainstream in western societies for governments and big corporations to play fast and loose with ‘evidence’ and data, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between truth and lies. ‘Alternative facts’, fake news, deep fake technology, and the rise of the alt-right scandal make us question evidence. What should we believe? Who can we trust?
The role, therefore, of archivists and records managers in particular, in safeguarding authenticity and safekeeping personal and corporate information is more important than ever. Democracy is underpinned by the management and storage of evidence based on principles of best practice not political advantage or priorities. Effective records management is not just fundamental to a healthy society; it ensures that organisations, in both the public and private sector, are efficient and effective. By processing data, physical and digital, ensuring legislative compliance, preserving corporate memory, enabling access to information and helping organisations to meet administrative, financial and legal requirements, records managers support strategic objectives and business outcomes. What would the world look like without records managers?
WHO IS THE EVENT AIMED AT?
Everyone with an interest in truth, justice, accountability, authenticity, good governance and business efficiency.
Justice and accountability
The power of data
Bruce Jackson, SCA Chair
|Public Records Scotland Act – Why it Matters
Dr Hugh Hagan, Head of Public Records Act Implementation, National Records of Scotland
|Morning Session: For the Record
|Why We Became Records Managers
Ryan Kerr, Head of Information Governance, and Claire Boyle, Records Manager, Historic Environment Scotland
|Records Management and Compliance
Lisa Simpson, Head of Legal & Governance Services, Perth & Kinross Council
|Importance of Records Management to Business Efficiency
Maria Lim, Information Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and IRMS Scotland Chair
|Records Management: Why it is Essential to Data Protection Compliance
Laura Irvine, Partner, Davidson Chalmers
|Why does Records Management Matter? Impact/Risk/Benefits Workshop
|Persuading Others – Obstacles/Challenges/Opportunities Workshop
|Afternoon Session: Justice and Accountability
|The Importance of Records to Transparency and Improvement in Scottish Public Services
Rosemary Agnew, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
|Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry
Jill Lavelle and Andrew Morris, Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry
|A Personal Story: The Impact of Records Management on the Individual
Heather Jack, Information and Records Management Consultant
|Harnessing the Power of Data
Sally Kerr, Digital and Data Consultant
John Pelan, Director, Scottish Council on Archives