International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – January 23, 2015

Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe

  • The Cobweb: Can the Internet be Archived?” – Historian Jill Lepore explores efforts to preserve ephemeral web content, in the United States and abroad, including the recent Ukraine Conflict collection. Though her focus is on the Internet Archive and its founder Brewster Kahle, Lepore does highlight the Europeana project and the work of national libraries to collect web-based cultural heritage.
  • Declassified NATO documents now available – The NATO Archives recently released a new cache of 23000 declassified documents.
  • The Section of Archives and Archivists of Parliaments and Political Parties (SPP) of the International Council on Archives (ICA) is now accepting proposals for its conference “Web Archiving – Social Media – Communication Strategies” to be held in Berlin, Germany on October 28-30, 2015. Proposals are due by March 1, 2015.
  • Archivists and historians from nine countries are expected to participate in an international conference in Buea, Cameroon, from January 27-29, 2015, for a conference on the theme, “Validating Visual Heritage in Africa: Historical Photographs and the Role of Archives.” The conference was organized by the African Photography Initiatives.
  • Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit excavations and trade: International conference held in Berlin, Dec 11-12th, 2014. The conference focused on unauthorized  excavations and the traffic in cultural goods.  Speakers, such as Maamoun Abdulkarim, Director General of Antiquities and Museums, Syria, highlighted the consequences of illicit excavations to the cultural heritages of their countries. Attendees also discussed existing legal mechanisms against illicit trade.The conference was organized by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the German Association for Archaeology and the German Archaeological Institute and co-sponsored by the German Foreign Ministry. See the English language program for more details.
  • An interview with Mr. Abdulkarim (in German) was published by the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel.
  • An initial report, with links, can be found on the Archaeologik blog.
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