Weekly News Roundup – March 31, 2017

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Newly released archival materials document anti-apartheid movement in Japan in the last five decades, thanks to the efforts of the Research Center for Cooperative Civil Societies at the Rikkyo University in Tokyo.

The Danish National Archives opened for online access all its digitized records from the time when Denmark was a colonial power in the West Indies. A remarkable on-line exhibit features stunning selections from the records.

Manuscript Resource Center holding archival records in Nepal opens in the country’s Nawalparasi district.

A large Middle East collection of materials from around the world built by a librarian featured in news from University of California – Los Angeles.

Scientists from the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN) in São Paulo, Brazil, use radiation techniques to treat cultural artifacts and archival documents.



First Archivematica Camp to be held in Europe is scheduled to take place at the University of York in England on April 4-6, 2017.

Forty-first European Library Automation Group conference will be held in Athens, Greece, June 6-9, 2017.

And perhaps you can make a side trip to the Vatican to catch a couple of days (or sessions) of another exciting gathering, the 2017 conference of the International Image Interoperability Framework, June 6-9, 2017.

Related to archivists’ efforts to promote knowledge discovery and facilitate data mining are the aims of the International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery, July 29-31, 2017, in Guilin, China.


Featured blog post

Exploring Metadata Interoperability in the United States and United Kingdom” by Charlotte Kostelic (from the SAA Electronic Records Section’s blog, reference courtesy of Katharina Hering).

Weekly News Roundup – March 24, 2017

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Amalia S. Levi, Digitizing Caribbean Jewish documentary heritage: The Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project records online, March 8, 2017.

Please see also the finding aid for the description here: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00052251.

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* Social Justice in an Age of Datafication, launch of the Data Justice Lab, University of Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, on March 17, 2017, http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/663809-data-justice-lab-launched

* Open the Government (OTG), coalition, express concern over data provisions in immigration orders, press release, March 21, 2017

* Archives Portal Europe newsletter March 2017

* Gambia to Set Up Truth and Reconciliation Commission, VOA, March 23, 2017

* Rwanda: Experts Push for Archiving to Preserve Genocide Memory, All Africa, March 22, 2017

* Burkina Faso: un député français demande l’ouverture des archives sur Sankara, rfi Afrique, March 18, 2017

* New Fund Pledges to Protect Cultural Heritage from War and Terror, Smithsonian.com, March 21, 2017

Conferences and programs

* Webinar Invitation / Invitación a Webinar: Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders | March 27, 2017 | 27 de marzo 2017

This event will feature speakers Lefteris Becerra, a Social Sciences Graduate student studying at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, and Dr. Janet Ceja and Dr. Mónica Cólon-Aguirre, assistant professors in Library and Information Science at Simmons College.

More at: https://laccha.wordpress.com/

* 2017 Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University, Annual Conference: Restless Matters: the Socio-Political Lives of Historical Sites and Objects in the Middle East, April 14, 2017

Abstract: Historical sites and objects are a focal point of socio-political contestation in the Middle East today. Whether it be the destruction and looting of the Egyptian Museum, Palmyra, or the Buddhas of Bamyan, or it be the renovation and rebuilding of Mecca, the Eyup Sultan complex, or heritage districts in Doha, Cairo or Beirut, the ways in which these historical sites and objects are intertwined with political projects and political-economic processes have drawn increasing scrutiny in recent years.

While popular discourses and news media accounts often portray these matters in terms of the actions of religious zealots, crass developers, or enlightened preservationists, this glosses over a far more textured socio-political terrain this conference seeks to explore. A day-long event that brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who focus on the Middle East and the region’s past and present connections to other parts of the world, this conference explores the myriad socio-political work historical sites and objects do.

(Thanks to Mike Albin for the reference)


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Weekly News Roundup – March 10, 2017

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  •  Card index on Jewish victims (Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland) now online at the ITS. ITS press release.
  • Jean Baptiste Schroeder, Les archives du Maréchal Pétain, chef de l’Etat français, sont des archives publiques.Village de la Justice, March 7, 2017.
    (Background article on the decision by a French court that documents from Marshal Pétain, acquired by a private dealer, constitute public archives.)
  • Supreme Court to decide if residential school abuse stories should be destroyed, Global News, Oct 27, 2016, (interesting story from last year, thanks to Jeremy Brett for the reference).


  • The Assembly of the International Institute of Archival Science (hereinafter IIAS), set and confirmed the topics for the 27th IIAS International Archival Day, to be held in Trieste /Italy, from 15. -18. October 2017:1.    Archival processing of born digital records

    2.    Training of archivists in 21st century

    IIAS therefore invites you to submit a complete text (minimum 6, maximum 16 pages), preferably in one of the three IIAS official languages (English, Italian, Slovenian) not later than April 9th 2017.

  • Conference: Justiz- und Behördenakten in der
    Zeitgeschichtsforschung – Recklinghausen 04/17
    Forum Justizgeschichte e.V.; Dokumentations- und Forschungsstelle der
    Sozialversicherungsträger; Justizakademie Recklinghausen
    27.04.2017-28.04.2017, Recklinghausen, Justizakademie Recklinghausen
    Deadline: 31.03.2017, http://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-33349

Weekly News Roundup – March 3, 2017

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(Very interesting piece on the Berlin church-book authority established in 1936 by the Protestant pastor and National Socialist ideologue Karl Themel, now part of the Evangelisches Zentralarchiv Berlin.)

New resources

Several articles in the most recent edition of the American Archivist might be of particular interest to members o the IAAS:

  • Aleksandr Gelfand, “As Vast as the Sea: An Overview of Archives and the Archival Profession in Russia from the Time of Ivan the Terrible to World War I,” American Archivist 79:2 (fall/winter 2016): 230-253.
  • Laila Hussein Moustafa, “Cultural Heritage and Preservation: Lessons from World War II and the Contemporary Conflict in the Middle East,”
    American Archivist 79:2 (fall/winter 2016): 320-338.