Enabling and developing online access to collections descriptions is an important aspect of archives management. To see background information about the development of UKAD, including its aims and objectives, you can visit an archived version of the original UKAD website.

This page provides information about the annual UK Archives Discovery Network (UKAD) Forum, an event which is free for archivists and information professionals to attend.

UK Archives Discovery Network (UKAD) Forum

UK Archives Discovery Network (UKAD) is about discussing ideas on ways to work together and to make collections work together. If you are interested in online access and data sharing, attending a UKAD Forum can be a great opportunity to hear and share some of the latest thinking.  

2016 Forum: Data matters!

Registration is now open for the UKAD Forum and UKAD Workshops 2016 hosted by The National Archives and  Jisc on behalf of the UK Archives Discovery Network (UKAD) and the Archives & Records Association (UK & Ireland)'s Section for Archives and Technology (SAT).

The two complementary events are free and based on the theme of DATA MATTERS!

On Thursday 17 March, the all-day Forum will include presentations, panels and seminars with plenty of opportunity for debate and discussion on data strategy, connecting data and research data management; archive, library and museum data; and subject-based data initiatives.

You are also invited to submit a poster to share with colleagues what you are doing with your own data, so please let us know when you register.

On Friday 18 March, the half-day Workshops will be more focused and hands-on, offering practical experience of data manipulation tools, data discovery systems, creating data records and uploading them to archive networks and aggregators.

The programme is available below:

You are welcome to come along to either or both of the events which are suitable for all levels of expertise.  Please note: to actively take part in the data Workshops, you will need to bring your own laptop or device though you would be welcome simply to follow along.


UKAD Forum and Workshops 2016 - Data Matters - final programme (PDF, 0.38MB)

UKAD Forum and Workshops 2016 - Data Matters - speaker biographies and synopses (PDF, 0.45MB)


Registration information

Lunch and other refreshments will be provided for each event but with numbers limited, make sure you book your place as soon as possible by emailing  IPS Events and Courses and providing the following information:

  • Registration for the Forum or Workshops or both events
  • Dietary, access or any other special requirements
  • If relevant, which Workshops would you like to register for:


1. Speedwriting guidelines for cataloguing born digital material (Parts I&II)

OR Strand B

2. Create your own ISDIAH record OR

3. Try out interoperability in action!


4. Tools for data manipulation OR

5. Traces Through Time

Past events

2015 Forum: Born digital realities

The Forum was hosted by The National Archives on behalf of both UKAD and the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland)'s Section for Archives and Technology (SAT). The day included workshops, presentations and panels exploring the challenges of managing born digital collections from deposit to access.

View the presentations and posters from the day.

2014 Forum: Standards for Discovery- from the small archive to the European stage

Delegates enjoyed presentations, posters and lively debate focused on the importance of data standards. You can listen to podcasts from the day and view the presentations.

2013 Forum

Listen to podcasts from the day and view the presentations.

2012 Forum

You can view some of the presentations from the 2012 UKAD Forum below:

Archives Discovery Forum (PPT, 2.92MB)

Archives hub, linking lives (PPT, 4.74MB)

Born-digital archives: a simple SWOT analysis (PPT, 2.58MB)

Crowdsourcing map data (PPT, 8.49MB)

History to Herstory: Women's Lives online, 1100 to present day (PPT, 0.95MB)

Launch of the Integrated Archives and Manuscript System (IAMS) (PPT, 3.29MB)

Linked Data and the Step change Project (PPT, 6.31MB)

People's Collection Wales/Placebooks development (PPT, 8.77MB)

Take 2 : The Who and What of the 6 Seekers (PPT, 1.82MB)

Watching the Detectives: Forensic Information in Digital Objects (FIDO) (PPT, 1.13MB)

2011 forum

You can view presentations from the 2011 forum in the web archive. Podcasts of the plenary sessions and some of the other speakers at the 2011 forum are available in our Archives Media Player.

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