Weekly News Roundup – May 26th, 2017

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

International Archives Day 2017 is approaching! Two weeks left until the festivities on June 9th. The event website maintained by the International Council on Archives offers additional information, links and latest news regarding the celebrations.

Rwanda Archives and Library Services Authority works toward improving the reading culture among Rwandans.

Documents to be archived as part of the effort to establish genocide studies alliance, proposed recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh. IAAS member Trudy Peterson was there!

Doomsday Book to be displayed outside London after 150 years in the David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault at Lincoln Castle, England.

Archiving plant seeds in the arctic region of Norway for a rainy day.

And growing a garden to document the horticultural heritage of a region provides an opportunity for an archivist to contribute to the project in Australia as well.

Community archival projects showcased at a conference in Scotland.

Major archival and digitization achievements in India are featured in an interview with a government official.


Weekly News Roundup – May 19th, 2017

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe
  • Celebrate International Archives Day: * The International Council on Archives invites you to celebrate the International Archives Day on Friday 9 June 2017 ! We invite you to celebrate the International Archives Day on the theme of the ALA-ICA Conference 2017 “Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism” which will take place in Mexico from 27 to 29 November. More at: http://www.ica.org/en/international-archives-day-2017
  • Excerpt: “If archivists have any hope of contributing to a radically inclusive historical record, we must make a fundamental change. I want to see the day where inclusive and community-driven description is no longer radical, but mainstream. I want to see new professionals enter the field with basic cultural competency about the knowledge protocols, definitions, and information needs of the diverse communities they serve.”



  • Excerpt: “TRC will be a tremendous opportunity to accept the darkness of our collective history and to proceed, without delay, with réconciliation and rebuilding our relationships as one Gambian peoples. Let’s not let it slip away. We can have a great nation with when we reconcile and forgiveness.”
New publication
Upcoming conferences, CFPs
  • CFP: Quellen und Methoden der Geschichtswissenschaft im digitalen Zeitalter: Neue Zugaenge fuer eine etablierte Disziplin? DIGIMET 2017 –
    25.09.2017-26.09.2017, Berlin
    Deadline: 31.05.2017
  • Program for the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) Annual Conference 2017 in Manchester (Motto: Challenge the past, set the agenda) is now available online: http://conference.archives.org.uk/

Weekly News Roundup – May 13th, 2017

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

  • Wired provides a rare look into the Stasi archives. For anyone interested in the Stasi archives, Stasiland and The File: A Personal History are good books on the subject.
  • Croatia will open its pre-1990 archives after parliament passes a new law.
  • SAA’s Issue & Advocacy Section has an interesting post on archiving the history war crimes
  • “The Conversation” has launched a database which documents 36,000 slave voyages between 1514 and 1866.
  • Short article discussion Iran’s National Archives and its 3 million files
  • UK National Archives has a post on what websites they collect during national elections
  • “The Conversation” has another archives-related post uncovering the hidden gems of the State Archives of the NSW

Weekly News Roundup- May 5, 2017

Preserving Southeast Asia’s documentary heritage: Documentary Heritage in the Digital Age: Symposium and Consultation to Advance Access, Preservation and Cooperation in ASEAN+3 countries

Difficulties of digitizing and uploading digital material in Cuba: El ‘paketito’, un rival clandestino para el ‘paquete’

From the start, the huge amount of knowledge contained in the Audrey Richards’ donation boxes was obvious. As a new volunteer at the Centre of African Studies Library, I felt impressed (and a little bit nervous) when I first saw these papers, results of long years of research, and many different collaborations: The Dr Audrey Richards’ pamphlet collection – as detailed by Ophelia, volunteer @AfrStudiesLib

Program of the 16th Congress of Archives and Records Management in Catalunya, Spain: http://arxivers.cat/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/arxivers_programaponents_exp1.pdf

Switzerland makes available to the public documents related to victims of the Nazis related to bank accounts in Switzerland: Avoirs en déshérence : Documents disponibles aux AFS

A government journal in Burkina Faso will archive its issues thanks to collaboration with China: Burkina Faso : le journal d’Etat va numériser ses archives grâce à la coopération avec la Chine

In 2015, Berlin-based researcher Nicolas Sheikholeslami compiled Au Revoir Mogadishu Vol 1, a mixtape of Somali music from before the 1988 civil war. Beguiled by this authentic sound, Sheikholeslami and Ostinato Records boss Vik Sohonie travelled to the Horn of Africa to unearth an archive of more than 10 000 cassettes and reels preserved through the war by resolute radio operators and dedicated gatekeepers of Somali culture: On the hunt for Somalia’s forgotten music treasures

France’s government declassifies documents that throw light on the role of France in the Rwanda genocide: Rwanda / Génocide : Vers la lumière sur le rôle de la France ? Source : beninmondeinfos.com

The Latter-day Saints in Mexico have their own repository: Mexico’s rich history preserved at newly dedicated records center