In co-operation with the National Council on Archives, the PRO is to host a
conference on 29 September 1998 which will be open to all archivists,
whether in local authority, university, specialist or national record
offices, on the theme of options for automation and networking.  The issues
to be discussed will include international and national data exchange, the
establishment of a national archive network and regional networks, as well
as the prospects for funding of IT projects by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
There will be presentations and demonstrations by four of the leading
suppliers of archival cataloguing systems, as well as an opportunity to see
the latest developments at the PRO.

The provisional programme for the day is as follows:

10:00   Welcome and introduction
10:15   Meg Sweet (PRO), Data Exchange
11:00   Coffee
11:20   IMPRES
11:50   CALM 2000
12:20   CAIRS
12:50   Lunch and demonstrations
14:00   SEAX
14:30   Nick Kingsley (Secretary, NCA), The National Archival Network
15:00   David Thomas (PRO), Regional Networks
15:30   Tea
15:45   Cathrin Cassarchis (NCA Archive Lottery Adviser), HLF and IT
16:00   Vic Gray (Chairman, NCA), The Way Forward

The cost of the day will be 15.  If you wish to attend, please reserve
your place with Alec Mulinder of our Archive Inspection Service, tel.: 0181
876 3444 ext 2345, fax: 0181 878 8905, e-mail:
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James Martin                            E-mail: [log in to unmask]
PRO Guide Data Officer          Tel:    00 44 181 876 3444 ext 2330
Information and Records Dept    GTN:    3851 2330
Public Record Office                    Fax:    00 44 181 878 8905
Surrey  TW9 4DU