Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe
Happy New Year!
- Roland Jahn, head of the Stasi records agency in Berlin, calls for long-term and consistent financing of the archives of the GDR opposition , which is facing a severe budget crisis. Radio Berlin Brandenburg, January 5, 2016 (in German).
- Who Should Keep Iraqi Jewry Archives?
The future of a unique collection, salvaged in a ‘Monuments Men-style’ rescue from a secret police HQ in Baghdad, 2003, is up for grabs. The Times of Israel, January 8, 2016.
- The NATO Archives commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement and the IFOR peacekeeping mission. NATO International, January 5, 2016
- Latest PERICLES FP7 newsletter: In this issue we introduce the PERICLES Content Aggregation tool (PeriCAT), the Community of Practice on Semantic Drift, and the upcoming PERICLES workshop on ‘Appraisal, Quality Assurance and Risk Assessment in the Data Continuum’ at IDCC 2016: http://eepurl.com/bItTf5
Calls for papers, upcoming conferences
- Call for papers for the Congress of the International Council on Archives, in Seoul, South Korea, from 5-10 September 2016:
We invite you to submit proposals on the theme ” Archives, Harmony and Friendship: ensuring cultural sensitivity, justice and cooperation in a globalized world “.
More information about the Congress theme, topics and sessions is available here:
Submissions can be made online and close on 1 February 2016. If you have any questions about the call for papers contact the ICA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please share this information with your colleagues, including those in other professional networks. We look forward to seeing you in Seoul!
The Congress Programme Committee, ICA – International Council on Archives
- The ACA at UBC, the University of British Columbia Student Chapter of the Association of Canadian Archivists, is delighted to invite you to its eighth annual Seminar and Symposium, held on February 10-12, 2016 at the University of British Columbia. The theme of this year’s event is “Preserving Liquid Communication,” with a focus on the preservation of informal communications generated in cloud environments through the use of social media. Archivists, records managers, and other information professionals will discuss the nature of social media output, the identification of what should be preserved, methods of preservation and provision of access, and legal issues related to intellectual rights, privacy, right to be forgotten, and more. Speakers will discuss these matters informally with attending professionals, students, and professors at the Seminar on February 10 and 11 (10:00am-4:00pm). The Symposium, featuring formal presentations from speakers, will be held on February 12 (9:00am-5:00pm).
The ACA at UBC is pleased to host eight experts, who will participate in the Seminar and give the following presentations at the Symposium:
- Amelia Acker, University of Pittsburgh: Mobile Records, Social Media, and Recent Trends in Records Destruction
- Greg Bak, University of Manitoba: Constructing Ephemerality: The Bitstream and the Cloud
- Babak Hamidzadeh, University of Maryland: What Can and Should Be Preserved in Social Media Communications and How
- Peter Meiszner and Houston White, UBC Public Affairs Office: Digital and Social Media at UBC Public Affairs
- Emily Monks-Leeson, Library and Archives Canada: Web Archiving and the National Archival Collection: Capturing the Everyday Record
- Erin O’Meara, Gates Archive: No More Waiting for Godot: Archival Practice in the Age of Social Media and Hosted Platforms
- Kate Theimer, ArchivesNext.com: Gaps in the Past and Gaps in the Future: Archival Silences and Social Media
Reserve your place at the ACA@UBC Seminar and Symposium now! Early-bird registrants receive a reduced rate until January 15: professionals pay only $35 to attend all events; students pay $10 (this includes lunch at the Symposium). Professionals who sign up on January 16 or later pay $45, while students continue to pay $10. Register online at http://acasymposium.rezgo.com/details/87479/acaubc-8th-annual-international-symposium-2016.
- Jubilee conference 125th anniversary Royal Society of Archivists in the Netherlands
‘Values in transition: perspectives on the future of the archival profession’
Haarlem, the Netherlands, 15 – 17 June 2016
In 2016, the Royal Society of Archivists in the Netherlands, the oldest professional association of archivists in the world, will celebrate its 125th anniversary. To mark this festive occasion, we are organizing jubilee conference that will take place in Haarlem from 15 to 17 June 2016, and will focus on the future of the archival profession.
Despite the ‘historical’ image of the archivist, the past will not be the theme of the conference. We will focus on the future, and with good reason: the rapid digitization of society is bringing about fundamental changes within the information domain. Traditional methods and principles are under pressure or even becoming redundant. It raises the question what the added value of archivists and information professionals is in current society and in the future.
Renowned and inspiring speakers from the Netherlands and abroad will share their views on these developments, using the core values from the International Council of Archives code of ethics for archivists. What do concepts such as integrity, authenticity, accessibility and privacy – concepts that are so familiar to us in the paper world – mean in the digital world? Will the archivists and other information professionals of the future still be the keepers of these values, or will they one day be digitally regulated on the basis of algorithms? Are the core values actually still relevant? And what new principles with regard to information do we need in the digital world?
The following speakers will be contributing to the conference:
– Jason R. Baron, former Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration;
– Gergő Bendegúz Cseh, Head of Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security;
– David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, and President of the International Council of Archives;
– Anne J. Gilliland, Professor of Information Studies and Moving Image Archive Studies, and Chair of the Department of Information Studies, University of California at Los Angeles;
– Dr. Michael Hollmann, President of the Bundesarchiv of Germany;
– Dr. Robert Kretzschmar, President of the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg;
– Heather MacNeil, Professor in the Faculty of Information of the University of Toronto;
– Dr. Karel Velle, Director-General of the National Archives of Belgium;
The jubilee conference will start with a festive pre-conference on the evening of Wednesday 15 June 2016. The first conference day will conclude with a smart dinner, followed by a festive jubilee celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Royal Society of Archivists in the Netherlands.
The actual conference will take place on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June 2016 at the Philharmonie in Haarlem.
Programme and registration
For more information about the programme and registration, please visit: http://www.kvandagen.nl
Make sure to follow @kvandagen on Twitter for the latest news.
- Call for Papers: ‘Global Futures’: Archives and Records Association, UK and Ireland, Annual Conference: 31 Aug – 2 Sept 2016, London, UK
We know our future is a global one. Global relationships, interactions, communications and connectivity are shifting the way in which we live and work. The record, its information content and memory are an increasing global commodity and as professional custodians we are responsible for authenticity and integrity; which in turn ensures that global research, knowledge exchange, collective memory, political and legal rights, are able to be explored, scrutinized and upheld. Our professional lives often focus on pragmatic response to everyday situations, but we face a constant requirement to communicate and demonstrate to ourselves and to others our ability to place our work firmly in the future.
We are confident our sector is creative, innovative, adaptable and firmly forward facing. That is why in 2016, we want to hear about our Global Future at the ARA annual conference. Let’s be more specific however, we want to hear about your global future and how you as a professional, practitioner, academic, or through your collections as part of our collective memory, fit into our Global Future.
The Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland invites proposals for delivery at its annual conference to be held in London, UK in 31 August – 2 September 2016. Streams will encompass archives and records, conservation, and digital preservation.
We welcome contributions from across the UK and Ireland, and our colleagues in the global record keeping community.
Themes to be covered in the conference include, but are NOT restricted to:
- Action– giving consideration to tackling challenging situations and finding solutions; professional responsibility.
- Stability– considering record services; finance and funding; institutional stability or change in general.
- Boundaries– considering intellectual; physical; legislative; regulatory or political boundaries.
- Dissemination– through platforms; discovery networks; and other publications.
- Innovation– considering technology – existing and emerging; standards, data interoperability and exchange; ‘digital ‘bad’ v’s digital ‘good’; and materials and techniques.
- Communities and Collections – those in transition; undergoing change; movement; their location and access and users.
- Responsibilities – including corporate; social; individual; considering advocacy.
Potential areas of discussion and questions for the above themes are found on our website: http://www.archives.org.uk/ara-in-action/the-ara-conference.html
You can participate in the following ways:
- individual papers(individual contributions of no more than 25 minutes)
- panel sessions(up to 3 speakers of no more than 60 minutes)
- tutorials – single topic presentations to smaller groups of individuals (20 minute sessions, generally for up to 15 participants)
- workshops(30 minute practical sessions)
- roundtables(up to 4 participants for no more than 60 minutes)
- poster presentationsfrom postgraduate researchers and the skills trainee community
In forming your conference proposal:
- Try to connectyour proposal to the theme of the conference as best you can. The theme is designed for speakers to bring topics to light that touch on contemporary issues
- Try to be creativewith your paper! How will your paper stimulate debate?
- Please provide as full information as possible as you can about your proposal – this helps the Committee in making choices about papers and scheduling of sessions
- Try to be relevantand representative: consider looking at a topic from opposing viewpoints, or focus on the broader picture rather than institutionally specific ones
- If you are considering making panel session or roundtable submission for a session, try to mix speakers from different backgrounds and institutions, or try to include a user or customer perspective
Submission: The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 29 January 2016.
Notification: Invitations to speak will be confirmed by the committee by end February 2016.
Full details of the conference call for papers is found on this webpage http://www.archives.org.uk/ara-in-action/the-ara-conference.html
You can submit your proposal, using the submission form found here http://www.archives.org.uk/images/Conference_2016/ARA_Conference_Submission.doc to email@example.com
Informal discussion with members of the Conference Committee is encouraged; please email conference team on firstname.lastname@example.org:
Andrew Nicoll, Archives and Records stream; Lee Pretlove, Archives and Records and Digital Preservation stream; Catherine Dand, Conservation; John Chambers, Chief Executive.
Speakers will be reimbursed travel expenses and will receive free conference registration for the day on which they are speaking. International speakers will be reimbursed travel expenses within the UK only.