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* #AllezDemocray ! – THE DEMOCRATISATION OF EUROPE: The Archives Portal Europe Foundation and Europeana will launch an online exhibition on democratisation in Europe in September. Many archives contributed to the initiative, which will continue throughout 2018, as part of the celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Follow the initiative on Facebook and Twitter, and please spread the word around: #AllezDemocracy
* This month’s featured document on the Archives Portal Europe is also part of the Allez Democracy initiative: the Geneva Conventions, housed at the Swiss Federal Archives.
* From Bahadur Shah Zafar’s 1858 trial to Tihar records: Dusty archives to go digital, Indian Express, September 1, 2017
* “Academics push South Africa to open Apartheid-era Archives.” Article about colloquium on “promoting open and transparent public record-keeping for a democratic South Africa” at Wits, Times Higher Education, August 28, 2017
* Annual Report of the Network of Concerned Historians: http://www.concernedhistorians.org/content_files/file/AR/17.pdf
(Many thanks to Jeremy Brett for this reference!)
* HIMANIS project and the Trésor des Chartes The Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS – FR), in collaboration with other European parties, have launched HIMANIS, a multidisciplinary project aiming at developing cost-effective solutions for querying large sets of handwritten document images.
As a first case study, the “Tresor des Chartes” is being made available online as plain searchable text. It contains about 68,000 charters and documents, dating from 1302 to 1483.
The website is in beta version and the consortium is inviting users to leave a feedback in order to improve the output. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any comment, suggestion, query, etc.
The Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) Symposium ‘Imaging Imperialism’, will be hosted by the National Archives of Malta on the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: 27 October 2017.
The development of audiovisual technologies coincided with British imperialism in such a way that the height of the empire is documented in drawings and photographs while motion picture captured the end of empire and the birth of newly independent nations across the world. Audiovisual materials are therefore important resources for the study of imperialism in the modern period, its pretensions, impacts, legacies and contemporary manifestations.
This one day symposium will explore the preservation and use of audiovisual archives across the Commonwealth, with a focus on what they can tell us about the nature and vestiges of imperialism.
More information on Imaging Imperialism