Improved technology means better access to Queensland's public records

A successful partnership between local technology company, TechnologyOne, and the Department of Public Works has developed a world-class catalogue software system which will modernise the way Queensland archival public records are appraised, catalogued and accessed by the public.

Minister for Public Works, Housing and Information and Communication Technology, Robert Schwarten, announced the new archival collection management system, Archives One and its accompanying online catalogue, Archivessearch.

“From now on, archivists at Queensland State Archives will be able to use this progressive collection management software system to better describe and appraise public records, while the public will have faster and easier access to their records via the online catalogue,” he said.

“The partnership between TechnologyOne and Department of Public Works, through Queensland State Archives, has yielded a system which aligns with international archival standards and offers improved online access,” said Mr Schwarten.

TechnologyOne Executive Chairman, Adrian Di Marco,said that TechnologyOne had a long term relationship with Queensland State Archives, and it was exciting to see this successful new development delivered to customers. 

“Archives One has been custom developed by our project services team using our new generation development Connected Intelligence framework.

“This framework allows us to deliver a user friendly, easy to use solution which simplifies the process for end users.”

One of the most important features of the new ArchivesSearch online catalogue will be its ability to display digital images relevant to item descriptions, a feature not available with the former system.

“With this new software, Queensland State Archives can now work on digitising selected archival records and photos,” said Minister Schwarten.

“Once that project is completed, anyone with internet access will be able to use the ArchivesSearch catalogue via the Queensland State Archives website to find more photos and records online,” said Minister Schwarten. 

Queensland State Archives will be running workshops to familiarise clients with the new look ArchivesSearch. Contact 3131 7777 or for further information. Queensland State Archives is located at 435 Compton Road, Runcorn and is open Monday to Friday 9 – 4.30pm and on the second Saturday of the month 9 – 4.30pm.