From a CAMS press release
The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) has partnered with Curtin University to identify an electronic information management system enabling the motor sport community to capture, share, search and retrieve its information, including long-term preservation of archives.
System users would be the sport’s governing body, motoring enthusiasts, various motor sport clubs and associations as well as historians.
CAMS Chief executive Eugene Arocca is delighted CAMS and Curtin University will be working together to preserve motor sport archives, which to this point are largely held by CAMS, a handful of car clubs or in private locations by motor sport enthusiasts.
“In this day and age we would like to think there is a better way of capturing and preserving Australia’s rich motor sport history for all. So the focus will be on creating an online platform so we can better update and maintain information in the future. We certainly wouldn’t like to see all that history lost. We also feel that greater accessibility to this valuable information for all motor sport lovers is important to retaining and promoting interest in our sport.” Said Arocca.
Arocca is hopeful that a suitable electronic information management system will result from the project, which could then lead to a worldwide informational management system designed specifically for motor sport.
“CAMS believes capturing Australia’s motor sport history is a priority and feel we need to take a leadership role in this area. We have an expectation that the result of this partnership could have a big impact on the retention of motor sport historical information worldwide.” Arocca added.
Dr Pauline Joseph, a lecturer in records and archives management at Curtin University is leading this research initiative. Her research interest includes the sustainability of community-based information management practices, needs and information seeking behaviour.
This is a magic development.
Still a long way to go but when asked about CAMS archives etc at the HSRCA in Sydney last year Arocca said "History is very important to our sport".