Weekly News Roundup- November 30, 2018

ICA Annual Conference

The ICA Annual Conference in Yaoundé “Archives: Governance, Memory and Heritage” took place between November 26-28. You can see the program here. To see highlights check #ICAYaounde2018.

For instance:

One of CARBICA’s proposals for Caribbean Heritage Emergency Network (CHEN) is to stock and station two moveable conservation labs, one in North and one in South of region: https://twitter.com/meg_phillips7/status/1067748597805080576

Executive Board of the ICA endorsed ‘Guiding Principles for Safe Havens for Archives at Risk’, providing guidance for the protection of sensitive records. The Principles were elaborated by an international working group with the support of @EDA_FDFA: https://twitter.com/ICArchiv/status/1067390962576576519

Presenter and colleague @Ricshire about working with African Caribbean Archives held by London Metropolitan Archives. Tip: inform communities that LMA doesn’t own the archives, but the community: https://twitter.com/JantjeSt/status/1067772618147807232

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) History Project. Study on the storage and utilization of health records. By Laura Frizzell and Hana Crawford , United States:


Highlights of keynote:

The only archives of that past was of the torture of slavery/ horror. #Haiti quest – still looking to it’s citadel and identity. voices & drums echo across continents to touch Africa. With emotion & sadness delivered by Monique Rocourt, Haiti (Keynote):


Africans took new traditions & religions as Caribbean slaves in chains whipped working ‘new land fattening with sweat & blood’. Memories of far away lands only, rejection w no rights. Freedom – rights and duties but built on what multiple peoples’ common past?


Other news:

Developing a user-centred search for our web archive. The UK Government Web Archive’s improved search is now live! After one year of user testing, analysing, coding, and more testing, we are excited to see the new search live with many of the features that our users asked for. Read article here.

Introducing Future Archives: Audio explorations in African contemporary, traditional, sci-tech story-telling. Read article here.

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Calls and Announcements

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*There is still time to submit proposals for the SAA annual meeting: https://www2.archivists.org/am2019/program/call-for-program-proposals

* The IAAS steering committee congratulates Trudy Huskamp Peterson on receiving the 2018 Emmett Leahy Award for Excellence in Records and Information Management.

“The Emmett Leahy Award honors a pioneer in the field of records and information management.  The award recognizes an individual whose contributions and outstanding accomplishments have a major impact on the records and information management profession. Established in 1967, this award honors the spirit of innovation, dedication, and excellence in records and information management of Emmett Leahy, an icon in the development of the life cycle approach to managing records and information.”

* Among Trudy Huskamp Peterson’s many noteworthy contributions to international archives scholarship and practice is the publication of the monthly newsletter of the ICA Human Rights Working Group. The October 2018 issue has just come out: ICA HRWG News 2018-10

Please review, in particular, Huskamp Peterson’s commentary on the the 70th anniversary of the declaration of Human Rights (coming up in December 2018), and the need to hold non-state actors, particularly transnational corporations and business entities, accountable for human rights violations.

* The German Bundesarchiv (Federal Archives of Germany) launched the portal „Weimar: Die erste deutsche Demokratie“ [Weimar: The First German Democracy] in March 2018. The portal offers access to thousands of digitized records, maps, photographs, films, audio recordings, and posters from the Weimar Republic, with new materials being added on an ongoing basis. Href interviewed Vera Zahnhausen from the Bundesarchiv about the portal, which is one of the major recent digital initiatives of the Bundesarchiv. https://href.hypotheses.org/1194 (posted on href on November 7, 2018)

*Chris Hurley, based at Monash University in Australia, has posted notes and reflections on several international archival and records management conferences he attended on his blog (Conference Musings, 2018): http://www.descriptionguy.com/not-otherwise-classified.html#0

Calls and Announcements

* 28th International Archival Day at the International Institute for Archival Science of Trieste and Maribos, November 19th and 20th, 2018: http://www.iias-trieste-maribor.eu/index.php?id=116&L=1%3F%C2%B4%27%270×27%3B&L=1

*Archives Portal Europe transcribathon (organized by Transcribus and Archives Portal Europe), November 30th, 2018: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/archives-portal-europe-transcribathon-tickets-51456180822

* Archives Unleashed: Call for Participation. Web Data at Scale with the Archives Unleashed Toolkit: Web Archive Datathon. Gelman Library | George Washington University. 21-22 March 2019
http://archivesunleashed.org/washington/ (Deadline December 3, 2018)

* Announcement from Anne Gilliland posted on ICA-l: “Malmö City Archives in Sweden is co-sponsoring a one-day symposium with the Refugee Rights in Records Project of the UCLA Department of Information Studies’ Center for Information as Evidence and the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies. It will address topics related to refuge, documentation and archives and bring together speakers from a range of backgrounds: people with experience of coming to Sweden as refugees, those who assist and advocate for refugees and asylum seekers; and record keepers, archivists and museum curators who manage official records or collect and (re)present documentation of displacement and diaspora.” The symposium will be held on November 21, 2018. Please contact Anne Gilliland if you’d like more information or if you are interested in registering.


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Introducing Future Archives: Audio explorations in African contemporary, traditional, sci-tech storytelling: http://africandigitalart.com/2018/10/introducing-future-archives-audio-explorations-in-african-contemporary-traditional-sci-tech-storytelling/

“Beyond Timbuktu: Preserving the Manuscripts of Djenné, Mali” exhibition @britishlibrary 2018/9/28-2019/1/6 https://shar.es/a1Dyes  Timbuktu & Djenné (aka Jenne) are often described as “twin cities,” tho Djenné is less known outside West Africa & Francophone world.

Newly #digitized: 15th century #Arabic language #mathematics treatise by Persian astronomer Jamshid al-Kashi, including the first calculation of pi to 16 decimal places https://www.qdl.qa/en/archive/81055/vdc_100040164536.0x000001 …

Here’s some more from the EAP264 collection of rare photographic negatives from Mongolia https://eap.bl.uk/project/EAP264 

Crisis in the #Archives. It is the absence of #InformationControl, in which #Archivists simply have not been able to cope with the flood they face, as a result of the dismantling of the welfare state and the ascendance of #Neoliberal #Governance.. https://knightcolumbia.org/content/crisis-archives …


ICA. There is still time to register for the #Digital #Records #Preservation Training for Practitioners held in Yaoundé, Cameroon (29-30 November 2018). Have a look at the programme https://bit.ly/2DBenrt  Send in your application https://bit.ly/2Ese4Qt 

Ajami workshop – 31 October to 1 November 2018, at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at the University of Hamburg “African voices in Islamic manuscripts from Mali: documenting and exploring African languages in Arabic script (Ajami)” https://ajami.hypotheses.org/191 


Call for Applications! Chevening Fellowship opportunity for African Scholars at The British Library @britishlibrary @cheveningfco Research on African-language printed book collections. Apply by 06 November! http://africainwords.com/2018/10/24/call-for-applications-chevening-fellowship-opportunity-for-african-scholars-british-library-deadline-06-november/ …


Conference announcement and #CallForPapers – Photo Archives VII: The Majority World – to be held at @NYUFlorence in collaboration with @khiflorenzhttp://bit.ly/AkkasahConference …

Finally, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists has issued its call for proposals. These are due by November 16, 2018. The program committee is sharing a spreadsheet where you can find collaborators: