First Call for abstracts - South African Society of Archivists 2024 Conference

Thursday, 8 February, 2024

Dear Colleagues and fellow professionals
Call for Abstracts.  You are cordially invited to submit an abstract for consideration of paper for presentation in the 2024 annual conference of the South African Society of Archivists to be held on 2-5 July 2024, Richard’s Bay, City of Umhlathuze, KwaZulu- Natal Province, South Africa. The main theme of the conference is: Digital Transformation for ease of archives global access.
Digital transformation is meant to modernise and improve the creation, organisation, preservation, and maintenance of records and archives using digital technologies. In the field of archives and records, digital transformation benefits include enhanced efficiency, cost saving, improved compliance, enhanced data security and easy access and sharing of information as well as breaking down proximity barriers. It also helps organisations to adapt to evolving digital landscape and better serve the needs of users and stakeholders. The central questions are, what records should be digitised? What digital solutions should organisation use to digitalise management of archives and records? How can organisations ensure data integrity and authenticity in digitalisation? What metadata standards should be considered in archives and records digital transformation? What legal and ethical considerations should be applied in digital transformation? Which kinds of training and change management initiatives are required to face digital transformation challenges? How should digital transformation assist organisations to ensure long-term archival materials preservation?
Papers on topics that address the theme of the conference, and the following sub-themes will be considered for inclusion in the conference programme. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of South African Society of Archivists provided the authors submit full papers. Subthemes are as follows:

  • Digitisation
  • Digitalisation
  • Digital preservation
  • Electronic records and document management systems
  • Workflow automation
  • Cloud- based storage
  • Data analytics
  • Data security
  • Compliance and legal considerations
  • Collaboration and sharing
  • Records Retention and disposal
  • Audit trails and accountability
  • Training and change management
  • Standards and formats
  • Technology adoption
  • Cybersecurity
  • Industrial revolution technologies

Practice-based papers, panel discussions and posters are encouraged. N.B Authors need to indicate the type of submission in the abstract
Abstracts of less than 300 words should be submitted to  and
Abstract format
Tittle of abstract:
Name and surname:
Abstract: (strictly not more than 300 words)
Type of presentation: Full paper/panel discussion/poster
Due date 1 April 2024

Published date: 
Thursday, 8 February, 2024