International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – March 28, 2016

International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – March 28, 2016

Events and News

  • La Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos (ALA) has presented its work plan re preserving archival materials and making them accessible until 2019, at
  • An international conference which met in the state archives Marburg in January 2016 discussed the possibilities of automatic recognition of handwritten documents. Over 160 archivists, historians and IT specialists from over 20 countries met for three days as part of the EU-Projekt READ (Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents). Under the direction of READ-coordinator Günter Mühlberger from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, participants discussed types of source material, their structures and possibilities of making them technically accessible. Irregular layout, missing lines, varied spacing and discoloration pose particular challenges. A demonstration of the CITLab group from the University of Rostock, Germany, indicated however that future software will not only be able to make digitized manuscripts searchable but will also be able to transcribe them.
  • Please take a look at the extensive ICA Human Rights Working Group Newsletter written by Trudy Huskamp Peterson and her discussion of trustworthy records: ICA HRWG News 2016-02

Publications and Resources of Interest

  • A site listing the archival laws and freedom of information laws in the various states of Germany, plus some of the various religious (Protestant and Catholic) archival laws as well as those of Switzerland, Belgium, and two federal states in Austrai,
  • Guidelines of how to transcribe texts for the historical Sciences (2009) (in German)
  • The second edition of the ICA Professionals Newsletter is now available online at New Professionals Newsletter. You can subscribe to the newsletter by clicking the “Subscribe” link in the top left hand corner after you follow the link, and follow them on Facebook. If you wish to be involved or contribute to the newsletter please contact them at
  • Conference report: Digitale Metamorphose. Digital Humanities und         Editionswissenschaft, [Digital Metamorphosis: digital humanities and editorial sciences] which took place at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Weimar Wolfenbüttel, 02.11.2015-04.11.2015, Copies of presentations and audio recordings from the conference (in German and some in English) are available at:

Upcoming Conferences, Events, and Workshops

  • From May 25-27, Peru organizes the IV Jornada Internacional de Archivos y III Expo Feria Internacional de Archivos en la ciudad de Tarapoto – Perú.  Everyone is invited!



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