A key point of the conference was ICA’s Africa Strategy (currently document are only available to members), which was approved by the Program Committee, and which Elvis Otobo was interviewed about. The PERSIST program, supported by ICA and UNESCO, also had a strong presentation and informal meeting as it moves forward in its software preservation efforts.
Due to the short conference, there were many overlapping sessions, so I was unable to attend everything I wanted to see. However, the papers I did so were quite good, though as a small institution with limited resources, the applicability to us of some of the more impressive projects was limited. Having said that, the Aezel Projek (English description) was extremely interesting, and they made a interesting case for the value of archives in increasing home prices.
Americans were well-represented in an interesting session on how American universities document controversy, either in the past or contemporary. It was especially interesting as American working at a university filled with controversy since the Egyptian Revolution.
The Þjóðskjalasafn Íslands (National Archives of Iceland) was kind enough to take attendees on tours of their facilities, which consist of a repurposed dairy factory. They also showed off important documents in the archives, including most notably the 1703 census. There was also a small, but excellent, display of medieval Icelandic manuscripts, such as the Book of Settlements.