ARMA Europe

"The Changing Role of the Digital Archivist in International Justice"

Jones Lukose Ongalo

Session Description - Human existence has continuously sought to find information and preserve it for posterity. Information preservation is therefore one of the most important tasks of communities and organizations. The act of preservation of elements of human existence does not only feed to aesthetic functions but also to a fulfillment of accountability needs of the society. In this digital culture of ‘data everywhere’ the demand for accountability is high necessitating a redefinition of information management practices. Information is now more correlated than ever and found in large quantities known as ‘big data’; it is pervasive, difficult to capture, store or analyze. Born in the digital age the ICC Court has adopted an eCourt strategy covering all aspects of its operations. And to solve the accountability challenge its records and archives functions are redefined towards information orchestration and less towards traditional preservation.

Speaker Bio - Jones is currently the Head of Records and Archives at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He is responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of integrated digital repositories for the Court. This responsibility involves the execution of the eCourt Strategy that covers both administrative and judicial areas of the Court.

Jones has over 15 years professional experience in Information Management, Records and Archives Systems Automation, Software Development, covering studies, Databases and Artificial Intelligence, Simulation, Commercial Systems, training, supervision and execution of IS and RM policies. He is highly experienced in implementation of Records Management Standards, Information Management requirements, with specialisation and experience in digital records and archiving systems. He has extensive experience in public and private sectors as a project manager skilled in executing large Knowledge Management and Information Management implementations.

He holds a BSc in electronic engineering, Msc in Organisational Development, a PhD Computer Science and an MBA. He is currently doing research on staff motivation and digital culture in judicial areas.