Designing the Archives 2019 – Early Birds extension until 15 August

Early Birds extension until 15 August

The full program for DTAAdelaide2019 with over 160 speakers from 40 countries is now online. Follow the conference Twitter account for regular updates @DTAAdelaide2019

Follow this link to register  and access information about the program, events, workshops, and accommodation.

Designing the Archive 2019 explores human centric design processes, challenging us to put people at the centre of our work within archives. It provides an opportunity to explore how data and information managers, records managers and archivists are using, or can use, human-centred design approaches to ensure we deliver benefits to citizens, customers, stakeholders and communities.

Join us in Adelaide, South Australia, to expand your understanding of the use of empathy, creativity, innovation, experimentation, prototyping, and co-design in the development of recordkeeping systems, information governance frameworks, archival programs and services, archive buildings and spaces, or digital archives.

Please view the Conference registration page before 31 15 August to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing.

Conference Venue: Adelaide Oval 

The three-day main conference proceedings on Tuesday-22 October to Thursday 24 October will be at the Adelaide Oval. Built in 1871, the historic oval has been extensively redeveloped providing first class facilities and magnificent views, a few minutes’ walk from the heart of the Adelaide Cultural Precinct.

ICA Governance Meetings

The ICA governance meetings will be held on Saturday and Sunday 19-20 October at the University of Adelaide.

Visiting Adelaide, South Australia

Welcome to the traditional Country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains for over 40,000 years, Easy to navigate on foot or by public transport, Adelaide offers the visitor pleasant weather, a multitude of cultural tourism experiences, world renowned food and wine and stunning natural beaches all within twenty minutes of the heart of the city. It is also a gateway destination for the Australian outback, the natural unspoilt wilderness of Kangaroo Island and a short plane trip to the major Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney.

View the Conference Accommodation page for a range of hotel options.

Keynote Speakers

We have some wonderful keynote speakers to help introduce new perspectives and challenge our traditional ways of thinking of designing the archive. Keynote speakers include:

Conference Meetings, Workshops and Events

In addition to the main conference proceedings there will be a week of social events, ICA Governance meetings, ICA and ASA workshops and Behind the Scene tours. For full details and any additional pricing and event times please view the Conference Agenda.

  • Saturday and Sunday 19-20 October 2019: ICA Governance Meetings
  • Monday 21 October 2019: CAARA Leaders Forum, ASA Special Interest Group meetings and the ASA Annual General Meeting and the Welcome Reception at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
  • Tuesday 22 October 2019: ICA General Assembly
  • Wednesday 23 October 2019: Conference Dinner
  • Friday 25 October 2019: Designing the Archive Skills Workshops, Behind the Scenes Tours, and the ICA/NAA Indigenous Summit, organized by theICA Expert Group on Indigenous Matters


For all program details, events, prices and accommodation options, check the Designing the Archive 2019 registration page. Please contact the 2019 Conference Team for any queries about travelling to Adelaide, visas, accommodation and registration support

Designing the Archive 2019 is an international archives conference presented by the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), Archives and Records Association of New Zealand Te Huinga Mahara (ARANZ), the International Council on Archives (ICA) and the Pacific Regional Branch International Council on Archives (PARBICA).

We look forward to seeing you Adelaide in October 2019.