Weekly News Roundup – August 4, 2017

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

*ICA News: The ICA Newsletter for July 2017 is out! http://www.ica.org/en/ica-newsletter-july-2017

* The South African History Archive goes to court to secure release of apartheid-era records. SAHA press release, July 31, 2017.

The South African History Archive goes to court to compel the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to release records of suspected apartheid-era financial crimes. SAHA press release, July 31, 2017,

*Afghan Film To Digitalize Its Archive, TOLO News, July 31, 2017.

The Afghan Film Directorate, the only government film-making body, is planning to digitize its film archive, which holds nearly 36,000 hours of film shot over the past century.

* Génocide au Rwanda: la «fausse promesse» de l’ouverture des archives françaises. RFI, August 4, 2017, http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20170804-genocide-rwanda-fausse-promesse-ouverture-archives-francaises

The opening of the French archives on the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and the military operation Turquoise was only partially respected.

*Interview with Herbert S. Klein and José C. Chiaramonte about their documentary edition: El exilio de Perón. Los papeles del Archivo Hoover, infobae.com, July 23, 2017.

* South Africa: Declassified – Apartheid Profits – Who Funded the National Party? Daily Maverick, August 1, 2017.

While researching the recently published book Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit, the South African organization, Open Secrets, an independent non-profit with a mission to promote private sector accountability for economic crime and related human rights violations in Southern Africa. collected approximately 40,000 archival documents from 25 archives in seven countries that document how individuals and corporations that propped up apartheid and profited in return. The article highlights some of the documents that the group discovered in the Archives for Contemporary Affairs, which holds many collections from the National Party’s most prominent politicians.

*Ethiopia: Absence of Special IP System Resulting in Indigenous Knowledge Exploitation, The Ethiopian Herald, July 20, 2017,

* Featured blog post: Marta Musso of the Archives Portal Europe Foundation on International Archives Day, June 9, 2017, on the Europeana blog:

Excerpt: ” The Digital Revolution has brought about the Information Age – and archives are a primary resource of information. There is perhaps no other field that is facing as many challenges as archives since the arrival of personal computers and the internet: from the enormous problem of preserving digital-born sources to archiving the World Wide Web, from digitization to data migration.” Europeana blog, June 9, 2017.


*Anna Sobcak, Traditional vs. Virtual Archives – The Evolving Digital Identity of Archives in Germany. Thesis, originally published in Polish, second revised edition, Hamburg 2016, Ceon repository, https://depot.ceon.pl/handle/123456789/11109

*Luis Carlos Toro Tamayo (ed.). Narrativas de la memoria : aproximaciones desde el campo de los archivos y los lugares de la memoria. New York : Peter Lang Edition, 2017.


* FIDA Call for projects extended to 1st September

The Trustees of the ICA Fund for the International Development of Archives (FIDA) invite members, branches and other bodies to submit proposals for ICA/FIDA support for archival projects for 2017.
We encourage applications which contribute to the development of archives and archivists (not just national ones) in developing countries in particular: http://www.ica.org/en/fida-2017-call-for-projects

* The ICA’s Programme Commission (PCOM) invites ICA members to apply for funding and/or endorsement for archives and records management projects. Details, guidance, criteria and forms are available at the following links in English, French, and Spanish. Not an ICA member yet? You can join us to become eligible to apply for funding and/or endorsement of your project. In addition, if your organization is a member, you may be able to apply.

•             can be submitted at any time; there is no closing date
•             should meet the evaluation criteria and conditions. For more information see Application Guidance. Please contact us when you are ready to apply so that we can help you
•             must be submitted on the Application Form
•             can be for up to €10,000 per year, per project (funding applications only)
•             will be assessed by PCOM; we will advise you of the outcome within six weeks of submitting your final application

If you have any questions please contact the PCOM team at programme@ica.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

* Support the ICA’s New Professionals – Become a Conference Buddy or Mentor!

To help engage future leaders in the field of archives and records management, the ICA has developed the New Professionals Programme, which includes selecting an annual cohort of newcomers to the records and archives profession and providing this group with support, advice, and guidance as they establish their professional careers. To support the best experience possible for these New Professionals, the ICA is seeking six volunteers to serve as ‘Conference Buddies’ for the upcoming Conference in Mexico City. We are also seeking six volunteers to serve as Mentors for the new NP cohort.

Please submit your expression of interest to Laura Millar, 2017-2018 Conference Buddy/Mentor Liaison, via email before September 15, 2017!

Thank you to everyone for considering this great opportunity to join the New Professionals Programme and help foster and grow our profession!

* I-CHORA-2018: The Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics at Monash University is pleased to announce the forthcoming eighth International Conference on the History of Records and Archives to be held in Melbourne from May 28-30, 2017.  Previous I-CHORA conferences took place in Toronto (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Boston (2007), Perth (2008), London (2010), Austin (2012) and Amsterdam (2015).

The theme of the conference is: Archives in a Changing Climate.  The conference theme allows for exploration of the interconnections between histories and theories of archives and archival institutions in the context of the multiple changing climates in which archives have been created, transmitted, preserved and reactivated over time. Areas of focus, and possible topics, will include:

Proposals for 20 minute papers are invited.   Abstracts of 450-500 words and a short bio should be submitted via Easychair https://easychair.org/cfp/ICHORA8  by October 15, 2017. We will advise acceptance by December 15, 2017 . Following the conference, presenters may be invited to submit their contributions for a peer-reviewed publication.

* IEEE Big Data 2017: 2nd CAS workshop (Submission Deadline: October 10, 2017):

Workshop Title: Computational Archival Science: digital records in the age of big data

PART OF: IEEE Big Data 2017, http://cci.drexel.edu/bigdata/bigdata2017/
* Call for Applications: Research Workshop at ITS (deadline August 23, 2017), https://www.its-arolsen.org/nc/en/latest-news/news/details/news/detail/News/call-for-application-rechercheworkshop/

* Upcoming conference: Sammlungen ohne Grenzen. Bestände und Bibliotheken zu (Ober-)Schlesien und weiteren Kulturregionen in Deutschland und Ostmitteleuropa – Kattowitz/Katowice 09/17, see: http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/termine/id=34720


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