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Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources

SURROUND completed a significant semantic technology project (AUD $1 Million) in 2021 for the Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources (BRII Challenge). The SOP was used for the auto-classification of electronic records (ERs) for the National Archives of Australia. The project successfully achieved the objectives to:

  • generate machine-readable regulations for automating the processing of ERs
  • provide comprehensive ER search and discovery to users
  • automate the classification of billions of ERs
  • automate the sentencing of ERs to accurately determine whether (1) they are critical to the preservation of Australia’s cultural heritage, and must be retained; or (2) if they may be safely disposed of, when disposal should take place.

The relevant features and capabilities of the SOP for the National Archives of Australia include:

  • multi-dimensional contextual awareness (the ability to observe knowledge)
  • knowledge governance across existing and future knowledge
  • advanced analytics and ML
  • high performance task and process automation
  • decision support (including traceable explanations using Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI))
  • compliance assessment and auditing
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SURROUND's Ontology Platform showing a listing of the National Archives' "Records Authorities" used to classify government records for archiving (in blue) and lists of concepts within a Records Authority (with pink dots).