Weekly News Roundup – April 28, 2017

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After a long journey from the place of their creation, archival materials provide new evidence for events that took place a century ago.

An exhibit briefly features archival photos from St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum as a “visual counterpoint” to a conference “The Museum after the Revolution” held in London this weekend.

Cultural heritage preservation project links historic sites maintenance and digital infrastructure development in Taiwan.

New centralized Information Storage Centre of the Nepalese government to facilitate transparency of post-earthquake reconstruction efforts and aid disbursement.

Chinese investment helps build a new government complex including archival facilities – in Liberia.


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Lauren Goodley, SAA Committee on Education Vice-Chair/Incoming Chair – Committee on Education Spring Meeting Report from the “Off the Record” blog.

Weekly News Roundup- April 21, 2017

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  • The Wiener Library is now offering researchers onsite access to the archive of the UN War Crimes Commission. Press release, Wiener Library, April 18, 2017.
  • Several recent news stories about the improved accessibility of the archives are somewhat misleading as they suggest that the archives had been previously closed. See, for example: Opening of UN files on Holocaust will ‘rewrite chapters of history,’ The Guardian, April 17, 2017. *
  • Gambia: Letter to Minister of Justice – Accountability for Past Serious Crimes, Human Rights Watch, posted on April 21, 2017
  • South Africa’s imperfect progress, 20 years after the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, PRI, April 6, 2017


Upcoming conferences, CFPs:

  • The ARCHIVES 2017: alike/different Program Committee invites submission of proposals for Pop-Up Sessions at the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, July 23-29.  Pop-Up Sessions enliven the conference program by focusing on ideas and content that may have “popped up” between November 2016 (when initial proposals were due) and July.  The Program Committee encourages experimentation and asks proposers to think creatively to point attendees in new directions. Four sessions will be selected based on an online vote of SAA members (i.e., not by the Program Committee).  Proposers will be notified of the vote results by June 16.  Read the full Call for Proposals here. Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm (Central time) on Wednesday, May 24.

This will be SUV’s first to explore opportunities for collaboration between general university/research archivists and folklore archivists as well as the capabilities of using the new RiC standard in describing folklore, university and research archives.

For more information, registration and full conference program please see the conference website:



*Thanks very much to Trudy Huskamp Peterson for pointing this out.

Weekly News Roundup- April 14, 2017

News on Mexico’s National Archives (AGN): You can see a catalog of the AGN’s exhibits at catálogo de exposiciones itinerantes del Archivo General de la Nación

Connect with news from Latin American archives: the newsletter of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos (ALA).

 ICA’s Spanish Section on Parliamentary and Political Parties Archives and Archivists issued in December regulations regarding transparency and electronic records management: Normas referentes a transparencia y administración electrónica

The importance of local archives for historians and geneologists. In Belgium, the town of Walcourt establishes a center to preserve its history. Walcourt : un centre dédié aux archives communales

Historical videos inspired by “Game of Thrones,” photos of long-lost neighborhoods, and maps of the best old buildings still standing today: An Amazing Digital Archive of Amsterdam’s Past

In Malaysia, National Archives director-general Azemi Abdul Aziz wants the public, especially university students to use its documents or materials as the primary source of reference in verifying certain events: National Archives wants public to use documents as reference on history

On human rights:

The March issue of the Human Rights Working Group newsletter is out: http://www.ica.org/en/hrwg-newsletter-march-2017 and the French and Spanish translations of the newsletter of February

Collected evidence to be part of international efforts to assign responsibility for rights abuses in North Korea. An archive of information and evidence on human rights abuses by the North Korean regime is to be established in Geneva: UN archive on N. Korean human rights abuses to be established in Geneva.

 In Spain, conflicts between private and public archives over government papers that document the dictatorship of Franco: Archivos reabren debate sobre el franquismo. www.eltelegrafo.com.ec


The Fundación Documentación, a foundation whose mission is to support activities among Latin American repositories that improve access to information, is organizing the webinar “Introduction to Digital Transformation” within public organizations: introducción a la transformación digital en organizaciones públicas.



Weekly News Roundup- April 7, 2017

The ominous news of Syria’s events this week bring into mind the question of what happens to archives in the midst of so much violence. The Security Council deplored on 24 March the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage, religious sites and artefacts, and the smuggling of cultural property by terrorist groups during armed conflict, affirming that such attacks might constitute a war crime and must be brought to justice: Security Council Condemns Destruction, Smuggling of Cultural Heritage by Terrorist Groups, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2347 (2017)

Reflecting on Brexit, Archives Portal Europe has thousands of records on the UK and European communities: http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/search/-/s/d/644

Senegal has become an example on overcoming the effect of post colonialism in African archives: How the Europeans covered their backs by removing colonial archives

Archive of Malian Photography provides access to preserved & digitized collections of five important photographers in Mali: Archive of Malian Photography.

The University of Stirling cataloguing project has finished the digitization of the Peter Mackay Archive. Peter Mackay (1926-2013) was a key figure in the independence movements of several southern African countries. The collection documents Mackay’s contribution to the independence movements of a number of Southern African countries including Nyasaland / Malawi, Southern Rhodesia / Zimbabwe, Northern Rhodesia / Zambia, South Africa, Namibia and Angola: Peter Mackay Archive Project.

Another good news: Activists who took part in an anti-apartheid movement years ago in Japan, while voicing support for those oppressed in South Africa, are featured in newly released university archives: Newly released archives stir memories of Japan’s anti-apartheid campaign.

On the importance of international collaboration for national archives: Argentina receives from France archives on the repression by the Argentinian dictatorship in the 70s: Argentina recibe de Francia archivos de la represión en dictadura


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 in developing countries in particular. Applications must be sent before 15 June 2017: FIDA 2017 CALL FOR PROJECTS

UK’s National  Archives seeks users for their User Advisory Group. The User Advisory Group (UAG) provides an opportunity for users of The National Archives to get involved in our planning and decision-making processes at an earlier stage and a more strategic level than ever before: Apply to join our User Advisory Group

We would like to invite you to participate in the international workshop on” Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities. Best Practices, Case Studies, Benefits”, to be held in Venice on 29-30 June 2017. Proposals are now being accepted for individual presentations. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 2 May 2017: EHRI Workshop: Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities. Best Practices, Case Studies, Benefits

UKZN (University of Kwazulu-Natal) Special Collections in association with the South African Preservation and Conservation Group will be hosting a conference with the theme “Tell Your Story”. The conference will take place from 26-28 September 2017. Check out the main image for all the details including the call for papers: Preservation Conservation of South Africa’s Documentary / Heritage Collections

Weekly News Roundup – March 31, 2017

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Newly released archival materials document anti-apartheid movement in Japan in the last five decades, thanks to the efforts of the Research Center for Cooperative Civil Societies at the Rikkyo University in Tokyo.

The Danish National Archives opened for online access all its digitized records from the time when Denmark was a colonial power in the West Indies. A remarkable on-line exhibit features stunning selections from the records.

Manuscript Resource Center holding archival records in Nepal opens in the country’s Nawalparasi district.

A large Middle East collection of materials from around the world built by a librarian featured in news from University of California – Los Angeles.

Scientists from the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN) in São Paulo, Brazil, use radiation techniques to treat cultural artifacts and archival documents.



First Archivematica Camp to be held in Europe is scheduled to take place at the University of York in England on April 4-6, 2017.

Forty-first European Library Automation Group conference will be held in Athens, Greece, June 6-9, 2017.

And perhaps you can make a side trip to the Vatican to catch a couple of days (or sessions) of another exciting gathering, the 2017 conference of the International Image Interoperability Framework, June 6-9, 2017.

Related to archivists’ efforts to promote knowledge discovery and facilitate data mining are the aims of the International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery, July 29-31, 2017, in Guilin, China.


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Exploring Metadata Interoperability in the United States and United Kingdom” by Charlotte Kostelic (from the SAA Electronic Records Section’s blog, reference courtesy of Katharina Hering).

Weekly News Roundup – March 24, 2017

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Amalia S. Levi, Digitizing Caribbean Jewish documentary heritage: The Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project records online, March 8, 2017.

Please see also the finding aid for the description here: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00052251.

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* Social Justice in an Age of Datafication, launch of the Data Justice Lab, University of Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, on March 17, 2017, http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/663809-data-justice-lab-launched

* Open the Government (OTG), coalition, express concern over data provisions in immigration orders, press release, March 21, 2017

* Archives Portal Europe newsletter March 2017

* Gambia to Set Up Truth and Reconciliation Commission, VOA, March 23, 2017

* Rwanda: Experts Push for Archiving to Preserve Genocide Memory, All Africa, March 22, 2017

* Burkina Faso: un député français demande l’ouverture des archives sur Sankara, rfi Afrique, March 18, 2017

* New Fund Pledges to Protect Cultural Heritage from War and Terror, Smithsonian.com, March 21, 2017

Conferences and programs

* Webinar Invitation / Invitación a Webinar: Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders | March 27, 2017 | 27 de marzo 2017

This event will feature speakers Lefteris Becerra, a Social Sciences Graduate student studying at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, and Dr. Janet Ceja and Dr. Mónica Cólon-Aguirre, assistant professors in Library and Information Science at Simmons College.

More at: https://laccha.wordpress.com/

* 2017 Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University, Annual Conference: Restless Matters: the Socio-Political Lives of Historical Sites and Objects in the Middle East, April 14, 2017

Abstract: Historical sites and objects are a focal point of socio-political contestation in the Middle East today. Whether it be the destruction and looting of the Egyptian Museum, Palmyra, or the Buddhas of Bamyan, or it be the renovation and rebuilding of Mecca, the Eyup Sultan complex, or heritage districts in Doha, Cairo or Beirut, the ways in which these historical sites and objects are intertwined with political projects and political-economic processes have drawn increasing scrutiny in recent years.

While popular discourses and news media accounts often portray these matters in terms of the actions of religious zealots, crass developers, or enlightened preservationists, this glosses over a far more textured socio-political terrain this conference seeks to explore. A day-long event that brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who focus on the Middle East and the region’s past and present connections to other parts of the world, this conference explores the myriad socio-political work historical sites and objects do.

(Thanks to Mike Albin for the reference)


Weekly News Roundup – March 19, 2017

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