Weekly News Roundup – May 25, 2018

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

  • Special tours for schools offered by  National Archives in Guyana to educate students about the country’s history as part of the 52nd anniversary of independence celebrations. (Guyana Chronicle, May 23, 2018)
  • Archives of working woman’s wardrobe inspired an exhibit of clothing in Frankfurt. (The Local Germany, May 18, 2018)
  • The Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia to deliver documentation of human rights violations to the National Archives as it continues its work “to complete the process of transitional justice.” (Tunis-Afrique Presse (TAP), May 25, 2018)
  • Men without masks” exhibition of portraits by photographer August Sander made in Germany between 1910 and 1931, opened in the Hauser and Wirth gallery in London. (Hauser & Wirth website, May 18, 2018)


Conference on anti-war movement among the members of the military during the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars was held earlier this week at Notre Dame University, organized by the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. An accompanying exhibit “Waging Peace” will be on display until June 17. “The conference also celebrated the launch of the GI Press Collection, an online archive of an underground newspaper printed by active duty members of the military between 1964 and 1977.” (South Bend Tribune, May 25, 2018)

International Archives Day is on Saturday, June 9th this year. Please visit the website of the International Council on Archives for programs and activities organized on the occasion.



Weekly News Roundup – May 18, 2018

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Calls for proposals



Weekly News Roundup – May 11, 2018

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

* ICAs Human Rights Working Group April 2018 newsletter has been published. The newsletter includes a commentary by Trudy Huskamp Peterson on the 15,000 ISIS files that the NYT obtained during several trips in the course of a year. “This is a complicated archival fact situation,” Huskamp Peterson writes. “Whose documents are these? Who had the authority to give them away? What use will be made of them? What are the interests in the long term disposition of the records? To whose history do they belong?” For an extended commentary, see the newsletter or Trudy Huskamp Peterson’s blog: https://www.trudypeterson.com/blog/

* The HRWG newsletter also includes a note about the threat to the Historical Archives of the National Police of Guatemala (AHPN). “At the end of 2017 the Ministry of Culture and Sports ordered the “suspension” of the project work at AHPN, but later agreed to pay the staff members through June. Prensa Communitaria said the Archive is “in a crisis that puts its facilities and information at risk.http://www.prensacomunitaria.org/el-ministerio- de-cultura- y-deportes- quiere-cerrar- el-archivo-historico-de- la-policia- nacional/

* Library and Archives Canada has published the latest (May 2018) Governance and Recordkeeping around the World newsletter: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/about-us/publications/governance-recordkeeping-world/Pages/2018/May-2018.aspx

* The May 10, 2018 edition of Documentary Heritage News/A weekly review of the documentary heritage and archives news – David Rajotte’s extensive compilation of international archival news, has been published.

* The German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, launched a new blog, Href, which is dedicated “to the use of digitized primary source materials for studying, teaching, and researching German and global history.” The blog features an article highlighting the bilingual (German/English) online source edition “Key Documents of German-Jewish History” (http://jewish-history-online.net/), which is published by the Institute for the History of German Jews (IGdJ) in Hamburg (http://www.igdj-hh.de/IGDJ-home.html); an article about key newspaper digitization projects based in German libraries and other institutions that offer new access to German historical newspapers, and an article reflecting on the relationship between the audio version of Joseph Goebbels 1943 “Total War” speech at the Sportpalast Berlin and the transcript, which was widely circulated by German newspapers: https://href.hypotheses.org/

Calls and upcoming conferences

* Data Justice Conference, Cardiff, UK

An international conference exploring research on, and practices of, social justice in an age of datafication.

Date: 21-22 May 2018
Location: Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Host: Data Justice Lab, Cardiff University

Speakers include: Anita Gurumurthy (IT for Change, India), David Lyon (Queen’s University, Canada), Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK), Rob Kitchin (Maynooth University, Ireland), Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT Center for Civic Media, US), Seeta Peña Gangadharan (London School of Economics, UK), Solon Barocas (Cornell University, US and FAT/ML)

It’s still possible to register for this conference and join the many sessions and workshops.
Conference fee: £100 / Student fee: £75. This includes lunches and a reception.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-justice-2018-tickets-41417523929

Full conference programme: https://datajusticelab.org/conference-programme/
Further information: https://datajusticelab.org/data-justice-conference/data-justice-2018/
How to get there and where to stay: https://datajusticelab.org/data-justice-conference/conference-logistics/

* The deadline of the call for submissions to a special themed collection of /Social Media + Society on “The Platformization of Cultural Production” is approaching: May 15, 2018.

Editors: Brooke Erin Duffy/(Cornell University), /David B. Nieborg /(University of Toronto), /Thomas Poell /(University of Amsterdam) /

“This thematic issue explores the platformization of cultural production against the backdrop of wider transformations in the technologies, cultures, and political economies of digital media. Platformization describes the process by which major tech companies—GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft) in the West, and the so-called “three kingdoms” of the Chinese internet (Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent) in Asia—are reconfiguring the production, distribution, and monetization of cultural products and services. The logic of platformization is impacting traditional cultural industries (e.g., music, news, museums, games, and fashion), as well as emergent digital sectors and communities of practice, such as livestreaming, podcasting, and “Instagramming.” Accordingly, new industrial formations and partnerships are constantly being wrought; for example, newspapers increasingly host their content on Facebook, and game developers offer their products in app stores operated by Apple and Google.”

The full call is available online here <https://goo.gl/AmZcGn>.

* The Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) 2018 ARA Annual Conference will be held at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow from 29 August to 31 August 2018. The theme is: ‘People make records’ and the draft programme is now available here . Keynote speakers will be Professor Augustine (Gus) John and Professor Michelle Caswell.

Weekly News Roundup – May 4, 2018

Check the information on the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme. Six million objects. One new website. Just seven weeks: https://www.cogapp.com/endangered-archives-programme/

The British Library through the Endangered Archives Blog makes known the publication of an open access book: Remote Capture: Digitising Documentary Heritage in Challenging Locations.  a practical guide for those about to embark on a digitisation project and it has just become available online. It is aimed at those who are planning to apply to EAP for future funding, but hopefully the advice will have wider appeal for anyone about to start a similar project.

The manuscripts of Mali from the fabled city of Timbuktu were rescued from the Jihadist occupation and are now being digitized by by SAVAMA, an association of Timbuktu libraries led by Abdel Kader Haidara, which has received international funding from the German, Dutch, Luxemburg, Swiss and Norwegian governments as well as the Ford Foundation and many other sources. View the digital content: https://eap.bl.uk/project/EAP488

The full collection of William Tubman photographs is now online. Tubman was the President of Liberia from 1944-1971. Many of the photos feature Tubman and other world leaders and are a great visual record for this period of Liberian history. https://eap.bl.uk/project/EAP139 

After some months of silence, the website of Archivistes sans Frontiere ASF-France is again operational. Check their news, projects, and missions: http://www.archivistessansfrontieres.fr/

Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives. A new project untangles the handwritten texts in one of the world’s largest historical collections: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/vatican-secret-archives-artificial-intelligence/559205/