Research Expo: Archival and Data Agencies

The Faculty of Arts, Law and Education in association the University Research Office presents a Research Expo on Archival and Data Agencies.

Theme: KNOWING KNOWLEDGE

Dates: 28th – 30th September, 2011

Venue: USP Gymnasium – Laucala Campus

The two-day expo, facilitated by the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education in association with the University Research Office at USP was supported by archival and data repositories like the National Archives of Fiji, the Fiji National Museum, Ministry of Information and the Fiji Bureau of Statistics.

The ‘Knowing Knowledge’ theme-based expo comprised of information sessions, presentations on resources at each repository and archival/data collection agency and displays of materials and artifacts for the public including University staff and students.

In his opening address, Dr Jito Vanualailai, Director of USP Research Office, highlighted that the exposition would help students understand the importance of original documents and artifacts.

He added that it also encourages students to make use of the various archival and data agencies during their research. These agencies, Dr Vanualailai said, provides first hand information to researchers.

The Acting Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Information, Ms Setaita Natai, pointed out that the expo theme ‘Knowing Knowledge’ was directly linked to the general objective of the Government in ‘Making Fiji a knowledge based society’ as stipulated in the Peoples Charter For Change under Pillar 9.

A key organiser of the expo, Dr Mohit Prasad, Associate Dean (Research and Postgraduate Affairs) at USP, said that archival and data repositories are a valuable and integral source of information for researchers at all levels.

According to Dr Prasad, undergraduate, higher degree and staff research at tertiary institutions like USP depends heavily on access to and knowledge of these sources at the local level across the region.

In giving the vote of thanks at the opening of expo, Dr Prasad acknowledged the contributions made towards the expo especially by the archival and data agencies.