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/

Weekly News Roundup – April 27, 2018

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  • Children in India learn about “scientific preservation of archival material such as palm leaf manuscripts” as part of a new program being introduced to schools – “Heritage Clubs.” (The Hindu, Chennai, India, April 24, 2018)
  • Archivist of a dead singer’s collection discovers previously unknown recording of a famous song. (The Courier Mail, Brisbane, Australia, April 20, 2018)
  • The BBC has released a library of thousands archival sound samples – you can hear recordings from “Stream atmosphere in ravine – a light breeze through trees, distant glacier rumble (Chile)” to “Tropical Forest, West Africa at dawn.” Or “Walking uphill in skis.” The world in your earbuds. (Pitchfork, April 23, 2018)
  • Philadelphia writer publishes a graphic novel about an archivist. (SyFy Wire, April 21, 2018)
  • Debates about copyright issues in European Digital Single Market continue. (Electronic Frontier Foundation, April 27, 2018)

Conferences/calls for papers

Free to all attendees: The 12th Annual Meeting of CONTENTdm Users Group in Columbus, Ohio, August 1-2, 2018. Registration coming soon!

Weekly News Roundup – April 20, 2018

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Weekly News Roundup – April 13, 2018

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* Documentary Heritage News

A weekly review of the documentary heritage and archives news

Thursday, 12 April 2018, Vol. 10, no. 32

* Archives Portal Europe Foundation Newsletter April 9, 2018


* New Resources

New online source collection by the German Federal Archives: Weimar –
die erste deutsche Demokratie, includes digitized textual records, films, photos, audio, posters, and maps: https://weimar.bundesarchiv.de/WEIMAR/DE/Navigation/Home/home.html


“New Horizons: Writing on Records and Archives from Emerging Scholars.”

Guest Editors
Lise Summers, Independent Scholar, Perth, Australia
Laura Millar, Independent Scholar, British Columbia, Canada
Donald Force, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States

Archives and Manuscripts invites submissions for a theme issue dedicated to research and writing from emerging scholars and new professionals, on the broad theme of archives, records, and information management. Recent graduates, post-graduate and honours students in records and archives management programmes within Australia or around the world are invited to submit papers based on course assignments, projects, theses or other kinds of research work carried out as part of their education. Submissions will also be considered from recent graduates, based on work just completed as part of their academic programme. Recent graduates are defined as those who have graduated from undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate archives, records, or information studies programmes within the last two years.
The guest editors welcome a broad spectrum of submissions on any topics related to records and archives management, including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • records, archives, and information concepts, theories and principles
    •        the history of records, recordkeeping or archives management
    •        professional activities, roles, skills, responsibilities and needs
    •        records and archives systems, technologies or infrastructures
    •        the impact of digital technologies on records and archives management
    •        digital preservation
    •        new ways of teaching and learning about records and archives management
    •        the impact of changes in theory on records and archives practice
    •        access, reference and use of archives and records
    •        users of archives, community(ies) of users and public needs and priorities
    •        organizational cultures and social structures and their impact on records and recordkeeping
    •        personal records and recordkeeping activities
    •        the future of the profession.

    Submission Deadlines

    •        Abstracts must be submitted no later than 4 May 2018.
    •        Abstracts accepted and authors notified no later than 1 June 2018.
    •        Full paper submitted: 24 August 2018.
    •        Confirmation of inclusion in the special issue: 1 December 2018.


The journal is scheduled to be published in March 2019.

Submission Process

Submissions should include the following:

•        The author’s full name, physical address, and email address.
•        A statement confirming the author’s status as a student or recent graduate, including the name of the educational institution and/or programme of study and date of graduation, if applicable.
•        A title for the proposed paper (a tentative title is acceptable)
•        An abstract of no more than 500 words, outlining the theme, research question, hypothesis or focus of the paper, the research approach to be taken to the study (for theoretical or conceptual papers) or the research strategy and methodology to be used (for a research paper or case study), and any other details that help explain the intended purpose and scope of the paper.
•        Between 3 and 6 keywords to represent the themes or topics in the paper.

For accepted abstracts, the finished papers should be from 6,000-10,000 words, including notes and appendices, prepared according to Archives and Manuscripts editorial guidelines, which are available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=raam20&page=instructions. All submissions will follow a full peer review process.

Please submit your completed abstract by 4 May 2018 to Laura Millar by email: laura_millar@telus.net.

If your abstract is accepted, you will need to submit the full paper through the Taylor & Francis portal at http://tandfonline.com/toc/raam20/currentIf you are having difficulties with using the portal, please contact the General Editor, Katrina Dean (journaleditor@archivists.org.au) or the Assistant Editor, Hannah Hibbert (aandmoffice@archivists.org.au).

On behalf of the editorial team, Laura Millar is happy to receive informal enquiries and questions in advance of the deadline. Please contact her at laura_millar@telus.net if you have any questions or ideas about your potential contribution to this special issue of Archives and Manuscripts.

Weekly News Roundup – April 6, 2018

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