International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup-November 23, 2016

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

Bank of France leaves the doors to its treasures open for researchers in an unusual move to allow the public to use some of its data sets.  

To balance the flow of information, also in France, another round of collecting initiative begun in 2013 aims to channel documentation on French involvement in Africa from private hands to the National Archives.

In the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Archives is promoting Archives Awareness Week, an annual outreach and engagements campaign, complete with live music entertainment.


And to end this round of news, we return to France and read about the Bollinger family’s need to go to the archives to examine another treasure – bottles from a newly found cache of century-old champagne.” Identifying the wines proves difficult “as the old coding system is no longer used” but the archive offers hope.  Can our profession’s coding systems last longer?


Call for Papers

For archivists who collect and offer for research records that are vital to these researchers:

7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS: Urban Africa – Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban

Date: June 29, 2017 to July 1, 2017
Location: Switzerland

Submissions due: January 19, 2017


It is time to start thinking about the Annual Meeting of the International Council on Archives (ICA) in Mexico City in November 2017, organized jointly with ALA (Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos) with a promising theme “Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism”.  And perhaps you can even pencil in  Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the International Congress of the ICA in 2020 on your calendar.


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