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Legislative Council Archives: Digital Initiatives in preserving and providing access to its archival holdings

University Library (October 27, 2023)

CONFERENCE / SYMPOSIUM : Fall Symposium on Digital Scholarship 2023

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MAJOR SPEAKER : LAM, Helen, LAU, Dorothy
LENGTH : 36 min.
ACCESS : Open to all
SUMMARY : The Legislative Council (“LegCo”) Archives is responsible for selecting, preserving and providing access to the original records and related materials which document LegCo’s functions and activities in law-making, scrutiny of government policies and expenditures, and consideration of issues of public interest. Its holdings serve as invaluable primary sources to the history of Hong Kong’s legislature and collective memory of the community.

In response to the digital era, the LegCo Archives has embraced digital technologies and tools to enhance records visibility and access. There are two ongoing digital endeavours: 1) Catalogue for Archival Records of the Legislature (CAROL), a comprehensive archives management system-cum-online catalogue developed in-house for internal management of and public access to its archival records; and 2) In-house digitization to convert its paper holdings to high-quality digital images under stringent quality control with creation of different types of metadata which supports digital access and long-term preservation needs. Meanwhile, the complexity of LegCo archival records entails challenges in meeting increasing digital openness and certain regulatory requirements.

This presentation will introduce the LegCo Archives’ digital initiatives, current challenges and new standards, tools and technologies which are being explored to expand sustainable records accessibility of the Archives’ holdings.  [Go to the full record in the library's catalogue]

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