Volunteer, Kari James, at the National Archives Solomon Islands (NASI) has provided some interesting news that can greatly affect the accessibility and preservation of the archives’ records:
“In June we were cut-over to the new government computer network which is gradually being rolled out across whole of government. NASI is the first division in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to join the network. This is a huge step forwards for NASI and presents us with a lot of opportunities for both improved digital records management and back capture digitisation of NASI collections. The network provides offsite data backup, antivirus protection and Helpdesk support, amongst other benefits which NASI has not previously had access to. Joining the network was one of the first major steps towards digitising NASI collections, for which NASI was awarded funding earlier this year.”
The NASI crew with the ICT Support Unit crew on the day we were cut-over to the government network.
Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed.
The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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