Weekly News Roundup – August 18, 2017

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SAA Council Statement on White Supremacists’ Actions in Charlottesville, Virginia,  August 15, 2017.

* The Archives and Human Rights Group newsletter of July is now released and can be downloaded from the ICA-HRWG website: https://www.ica.org/en/hrwg-newsletter-july-2017

* The Invisible Poems Hidden in One of the World’s Oldest Libraries, The Atlantic, August 9, 2017.

* Intelligent document capture takes the spotlight in Bolshoi Theatre project, diginomica, Aug 18, 2017

* Militares bolivianos deben acatar la ley y liberar archivos de la dictadura, ElPais.cr, August 17, 2017

Relatives of the victims of the dictatorships that ruled Bolivia between 1964 and 1982 hope that the Truth Commission formed by the government will use military archives to uncover the political violence in the past, say human rights activists in Bolivia.

* Buscando en los archivos del Plan Cóndor, RFI, August 14, 2017

* El Vaticano abre los archivos de la Iglesia argentina durante la dictadura, El Periódico, August 18, 2017

The archives of the Argentine Episcopal Conference (CEA) documenting the dictatorship in Argentina will be public within a few weeks. http://www.elperiodico.com/es/internacional/20170818/vaticano-abre-archivos-iglesia-argentina-dictadura-6231973


An die Gerichtsakten, fertig, los! 16. Nachwuchsworkshop des Netzwerks Reichsgerichtsbarkeit – Wetzlar 09/17, http://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-34820

Weekly News Roundup – August 11, 2017

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Des trésors du 7e art dans les archives, LADEPECHE, August 8, 2017.

Second installment of the Open Secrets’ series, Declassified: Apartheid Profits. Daily Maverick, August 10, 2017.

India Just Blocked the Internet Archive for No Apparent Reason, Fortune Tech, Aug 9, 2017.


*The number 1, 2017 (July edition of the Fonds d’Archives, an online open-access journal of the Archives Society of Alberta, includes the article: Four Views on Archival Decolonization Inspired by the TRC’s Calls to Action by Greg Bak Tolly Bradford Jessie Loyer Elizabeth Walker, you can access the article at: https://fondsdarchives.ca/index.php/fondsdarchives/about

Conference report: Society Through the Lens of the Digital, May 31-June 2, 2017, http://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-7286

Weekly News Roundup – August 4, 2017

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*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

SAA annual meeting in Portland, Oregon

The International Archival Affairs Section held its annual meeting yesterday, Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Convention Center in Portland. We met jointly with the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Section, had a nice turn out and heard about great projects – the translations into Spanish of SAA documents by Ana Rodriguez and her team, as well as about the work of Natalie Baur in Mexico and our own steering committee member Margarita Vargas Betancourt’s efforts in Cuba. The two exchanged their contributions in the form of a lively conversation, enjoyed by all.

The Steering Committee election results were announced, and we welcomed our new Junior Co-Chair Katharina Hering, and Member-at-large Mark Edwin Peterson (in absentia). Many thanks to the outgoing Senior Co-Chair Ryder Kouba for all his contributions to the IAA Section in the past years.

Looking forward to another year of exciting archival affairs!

On behalf of the Steering Committee,

Daniel Necas, Senior Co-Chair

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Weekly News Roundup – June 30th, 2017

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Citizen Archivist Project at the National Archives of Singapore is collecting oral histories from citizens of Singapore to more fully document the “rich tapestry of life” there.

Fascinating stories of migrants coming to Switzerland are revealed in the files of the Basel immigration police, recently on display in the State Archive of the canton as part of a series featuring migration to the region.

A team of 200 people worked for eight years to prepare a new version of the collected works of Mahatma Gandhi and make the one hundred volumes of writings, speeches, notes and other documentation available in digital format. The effort was supervised by archivist of Gandhian literature Dina Patel.

Local history is made attractive to a public school students thanks in part to archival and museum materials in New England, Australia.

A remarkable new museum, library and archival facility opens in South Africa and features pioneering eco-friendly design, saving water and energy while becoming an important community resource.



Early-bird registration deadline for the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in Portland is next week, on July 6th! We hope to see you there!

Oral History Association conference 2017 will be held in Minneapolis on October 4-7.



Weekly News Roundup – June 16, 2017

Tweets from International Archives Day 2017: #internationalarchivesday or #IAD17

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe.

International Archives Day is an excellent vehicle to bring archival issues into the news. Here is a small selection of news articles, from around the globe:

* Why those archives matter, Samoa Observer, June 10, 2017

* Discoveries of love letters, unknown stories shared for International Archives Day, ABC Radio Melbourne, June 8, 2017

* Nigeria: International Archives Day – Bello Harps On Effective Records Management, All Africa, June 12, 2017

* RAPAN charges government on freedom of information, The Guardian, Nigeria, June 9, 2017

* Expert urges Nigerians to imbibe record keeping culture, The News, Nigeria, June 8, 2017

* Access exclusive vaults of National Archives of Georgia on global archives day, Agenda GE, June 8, 2017, http://agenda.ge/news/81010/eng

* Don’t negate the importance of archives, say experts, The Express Tribune, Pakistan, June 15, 2017

* Barcelona celebra el Día Internacional de los Archivos con actividades en la ciudad, El Periódico, June 4, 2017

* Día Internacional de los Archivos: poco qué festejar , Proceso, June 9, 2017

* Conmemora IAIP Tlaxcala el día internacional de archivos, June 11, 2017

* Los archivos de Castilla y León muestran sus estancias «más secretas», ABC Espana, June 9, 2017,

* Archiv präsentiert seine Schätze, June 10, 2017

* Archive öffnen die Türen für die Bevölkerung, Luzerner Zeitung, June 6, 2017,

* Archives Portal Europe invites new members on International Archives Day, blog post from Marta Musso of the Archives Portal Europe Foundation on the Europeana blog, June 9, 2017, http://pro.europeana.eu/blogpost/archives-portal-europe-invites-new-members-on-international-archives-day

New resources:

* The latest issue of Archivaria 83 (Spring 2017) , http://archivaria.ca/index.php/archivaria/issue/view/468

* Announcement of the Manuel d’Archivistique en langue arabe par Abdelkrim Badjadja: http://badjadja99.e-monsite.com/


* Records DNA Survey:

RecordsDNA is part of a one-year multidisciplinary international research network on the DNA of digital records  funded by AHRC. The network is being led by me and my colleague Professor Julie McLeod, with the support of The National Archives in the UK. We are bringing people together from different disciplines to gather perspectives on their needs for the future digital evidence base and to try to reconceptualise a digital record in terms of its components (DNA), and identify a future global research agenda.

To do this we need YOUR help!

We are holding a series of wiki surveys to crowdsource and rank concerns with managing the digital record base. This mechanism creates long lists in a prioritized order for our further consideration. Each survey will be open for one week only so please log in and add your ideas. The first, asking ‘What are the risks to maintaining digital evidence over time?’ The survey is at: http://www.allourideas.org/recorddna

The anchor for this work is our blog https://recorddna.wordpress.com/  and you can follow us on Twitter @RecordDNA ( https://twitter.com/RecordDNA ). The hashtag is #RecordDNA


* I-CHORA 8: We are delighted to announce that the eighth International Conference on the History of Records and Archives will be held in Melbourne from May 28-30, 2018. I-CHORA 8 will be hosted by the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics at Monash University, and follows successful events in Toronto (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Boston (2007), Perth (2008), London (2010), Austin (2012) and Amsterdam (2015).

The theme of I-CHORA 8 is: Archives in a Changing Climate.  We invite proposals for papers that explore different ways in which archives, archival practices, and archival scholarship have changed through time. A full call for papers will be announced in July, and will be posted on http://ichora.org/.