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Archivists file in for digital congress "A climate of change" - PS News #ICA2012

"More than 1,000 archivists from 90 countries have come to Brisbane this week to try and solve the challenges of the digital age.

   Hosted by the National Archives of Australia, the International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress is being held until Thursday (24 August) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
   The ICA is dedicated to the effective management of records and the preservation, care and use of the world’s archival heritage through its representation of records and archive professionals around the world."

 

Full program can be accessed here: http://ica2012.com/files/data/program/Program-matrix-1508.pdf

 

1,000 meet to explore challenges   

It is the first time the four-yearly congress has been held in Australia and this year’s theme A Climate of Change will be explored by a number of keynote speakers including the Head Archivist for the United States of America, David Ferreiro, who will present the topic, ‘Archives in a world of social media’.

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Digital Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources | NIU to help libraries avoid ‘bit rot’ - Daily Chronicle

By NICOLE WESKERNA:

"DeKALB – With the help of a $575,000 grant, a group of university librarians and curators hope to have an answer to a growing problem.

Lynne Thomas, curator of rare books and special collections at Northern Illinois University’s Founders Memorial Library, learned in October that NIU, along with four other universities, secured a grant to study the best practices for storing digital data.

The federal National Leadership Grant came from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“Libraries have been taking on digital objects for the last 10 to 15 years,” she said. “The grant will help us learn how to scale [the process] down for institutions with fewer resources.”

With the passage of time, storage devices can degrade over time, a phenomenon known colloquially as “bit rot.”

Thomas said saving digital objects such as PDFs and video files from bit rot is a problem librarians and archivists have been working to solve for years.

But it’s mostly large, well-funded institutions that can afford today’s archiving systems.

Librarians and curators from Chicago State University, Western Illinois University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University are joining NIU in a group called Digital Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources."

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Catriona Crowe about changing lives in the archives - Irish Independent

Catriona Crowe about changing lives in the archives - Irish Independent | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Irish Independent Head of special projects at the National Archives of Ireland, manager of the Irish Census Online Project, editor of Dublin 1911 and much more besides [...]"

 

"Catriona Crowe grew up up in the 1960s and, in keeping with the times, wanted to do as little as possible but, as Emily Hourican discovered, she turned into a formidable activist and campaigner, using our history as her principle weapon"

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Film Archivists in China: the 2012 FIAF congress, by David Walsh | IWM Research Blog

Film Archivists in China: the 2012 FIAF congress, by David Walsh | IWM Research Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...archivists were understandably confused by the sheer scale and rapidity of the changes to their world brought about by digital technology. And so a good deal of the proceedings set about addressing some of these concerns, not least the workshop organised jointly by the Technical Commission (of which I am the head) and the Programming and Access Commission, where we looked at the digital world from different perspectives and tried to offer some guidance on acquisition, management, preservation and access. (Some of the guidance we offered is now available in a few handy documents on the FIAF website).

Our fellow commission, Cataloguing and Documentation, have also worked hard to push for worldwide implementation of an important new European standard for film metadata (EN 15907:2009), and are hoping that this will become an ISO standard shortly. To boost their case, they had the British Film Institute to present their successful adoption of CEN standards in their new Adlib database (the first organisation to do so). This commission is also working on a revised set of cataloguing rules which will be compliant with this standard.

FIAF retains a very strong interest in analogue film technology, and there are many who view the demise of this traditional technology not just as regrettable, but as something to be resisted at all costs. In this context, when the Technical Commission wondered in passing whether it should investigate the feasibility of film archives manufacturing their own film stock when all the big players (Kodak, Fuji) decide to drop it, the FIAF delegates were understandably excited. Establishing a cottage industry for film stock seems implausible to many, but I suspect that unless we can come up with definitive evidence to support this view, the idea will not rest."

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South Sudan archivists launch battle against termites, rats, time - Middle East Online

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"South Sudan archivists launch battle against termites, rats, time - First Published: 2012-07-07. South Sudan archivists launch battle against termites, rats, time.
By Hannah McNeish – JUBA
History in boxes
Surrounded by walls of boxes, researchers scan and catalogue the crumbling, mildewed pages, some nibbled by rats, which make up the national archives of the one-year-old republic of South Sudan.

During the five decades of civil war, an extreme climate and an assortment of animals have eaten away at the archives, some of which are still piled up in a giant city centre tent -- unbearably hot and humid even in early morning."
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Do not let our archives turn to dust, by Shula Marks via @MailandGuardian

Do not let our archives turn to dust, by Shula Marks via @MailandGuardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
National records are vital to democracy, yet they are consistently neglected by the government, writes Shula Marks.

 

"Yet in the modern state we depend on written records for our human rights at the most basic level.

"Our governments need records to keep track of their decisions and transactions, as well as their outcomes. As citizens we need records to keep our governments accountable, register our land claims, protect our legal status and claim our pension rights. Indeed, public records are, as the International Records Management Trust proclaims, “fundamental to the concepts of democratic society”.

 

“In the absence of well-managed records,” it states, “information can be manipulated, citizens cannot prove unequal treatment and human rights violations become difficult to challenge. The people cannot make an informed contribution to the governance process.”

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Libraries, Archives and Museums: A Strategic Conversation: Opening Talk

Monday, April 9 For generations Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums have been pre-eminent participants in support of the research ...youtube.com...

 

"For generations Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums have been pre-eminent participants in support of the research, teaching, and learning carried out both within the university, and also beyond its walls. In an increasingly connected global society, interdisciplinary work is becoming the norm and researchers increasingly seek and share information across formats, genres, and institutional settings. To support users and to continue to grow and thrive, libraries, archives, and museums must work and grow together as never before. This "strategic conversation" brings together those who have given thought to these issues. They have inspired changes and faced challenges along the way. Three presenters, one of each from the domains of libraries, archives, and museums, will outline the vision they bring to their institutions, how they envision the major points of commonality, their greatest hurdles, and how the lessons learned in collection development of physical collections, do or do not apply to collection development in the digital domain.
Libraries: Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost of Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary

Archives: David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

Museums: Holly Witchey, Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Interim Director, Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts

Moderator: Gunter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program, Smithsonian"


Via Dave Allen, Errol A. Adams JD/MLS
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Opening Up the Archives: Part 2- Keeping Ahead of Obsolescence / BBC - video

Opening Up the Archives: Part 2- Keeping Ahead of Obsolescence / BBC - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ant Miller (BBC Research and Development Blog):

"In this second part of the Archive Research film we take a look at the key challenges addressed by the 'preservation' work of R&D and the BBC Information & Archives teams.  With interviews from Dr Richard Wright, Adrian Williams of I&A and others, Alex Mansfield gets to the bottom of the latest technologies being used to ensure that the critical challenge of obsolescence is handled, and handled effectively and efficiency.

With huge files, and critical quality checks essential to preserving the legacy of the archive, the best efforts of engineers and archivists are being applied to saving this content for the future."

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Archives Outside » Our Top 5 – why Archives are Awesome #archday12

Archives Outside » Our Top 5 – why Archives are Awesome #archday12 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Archive Outside

 

"Top 5 why archives are awesome:

 

1. Archives are History - Documenting the past, informing the future

2. Archives are evidence

3. Archives are vital for democratic accountability

 4. Archives are about us, our stories, our lives

 5. Archives document the environment"

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Library helps Texas tornado victims find photos - Times Record News

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TRISTAN HALLMAN,The Dallas Morning News:

Library helps Texas tornado victims find photos -Times Record News

"...The Lake Arlington Branch Library has collected more than 800 photos — and counting — strewn about by the April 3 tornadoes that destroyed or damaged roughly 1,300 homes and businesses, according to the state. About three-fourths of the photos have been claimed so far, said Debi Wood, library services manager.

"It feels like we're keeping people's memories for them," Wood said.

More than 40 people have brought in photos so far, and Wood said she expects more. Atwood and Woodland West Church of Christ volunteers cleaned, dried and sorted the photos and a few documents.

There's a photo of a woman at a party dressed as Winnie the Pooh. A poem dedicated to the loving memory of Grandma Mary Garner. Vacation photos. A boy and a girl and a donkey. Birthday parties. Posed school pictures. A baby smiling in a bathtub. A man in a red flannel shirt and his pug in front of a Christmas tree. All moments frozen in time."

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The present and future of audiovisual archives: Screening the Future 2012 #stf12 Los Angeles

By Audra:
This week, I attended the second annual Screening the Future conference, held at the University of Southern California. Screening the Future 2012: Play, Pause and Press Forward was organized around...
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Talk with David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States | Archives and Public History Digital

Talk with David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States | Archives and Public History Digital | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Talk with David S.Ferriero, Archivist of the United States | Archives and Public History Digital - http://t.co/pvreAu3A...

 

"While the Archivist did not deliver a formal speech, the wide ranging Q&A touched upon many of the current conversations and concerns within the archival community.

One important topic discussed was the role of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and of its leadership to the larger archival community. As we all know, NARA safeguards and preserves the most important records of the U.S. government yet it was interesting to learn that only equates to roughly 3% of all records created. The protocols of NARA have often been reflected in the practices of private or independent archives and in the advent of electronic formats, many repositories are watching how NARA handles ingesting these records. The Archivist was enthusiastic about how NARA could help the larger archival community and we hope that future Archivists of the United States will share this vision.

Mr. Ferriero views the archiving of electronic records as an exciting development and challenge for our profession. As such, he discussed the proprietary software Lockheed is developing for NARA to ingest digital formats and it was encouraging to hear of the Archivist’s enthusiasm for open-source software that could be used elsewhere in the archival community."

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Archive films used in pioneering approach to tackling dementia and memory loss | Harrogate-News

Archive films used in pioneering approach to tackling dementia and memory loss | Harrogate-News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Films from the collections housed at the Yorkshire Film Archive are at the forefront of a pioneering project to connect the past to the present, and bring back memories to share and enjoy.

Working with experts from Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA), the Yorkshire Film Archive has created “Memory Bank”, an innovative series of carefully curated themed DVDs and online films, plus a wealth of information and activities for use in reminiscence therapy and life story work."

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‘An exciting time’ as archives go social, by David Ferriero - ABC News video

‘An exciting time’ as archives go social, by David Ferriero - ABC News video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
US archivist David Ferriero discusses gathering information in the digital age.
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The Internet Archive adds over 1 million torrents to the site, by Martin Brindmann

The Internet Archive adds over 1 million torrents to the site, by Martin Brindmann | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Martin Brinkmann :

"The Internet Archive over at archive.org is a non-profit that is building a digital library of Internet sites, accessible via the Wayback Machine, and other forms of culture in digital form. It is one of the largest repositories for books, music, images and movies which are all freely available for download at the site.

Up until now, users who visited the website could either download the files directly to their computers, or in the case of media files, stream the contents instead. Today, over one million torrents (currently 1.399,074 torrents) have been made available including the sites live music converts, a movie and audio book collection, and lots of books."

 

http://archive.org/ ;

"provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public."

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Archivist to begin column in local newspaper « The Packet Newspaper

Archivist to begin column in local newspaper « The Packet Newspaper | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Archivist Mona K. Vance was featured in The Packet newspaper last week. She will be writing a montly column called “Histories Mysteries” and will discuss topics ranging anywhere from genealogy to preservation and from history to archives projects

 

First article here: http://packet-media.com/2012/07/28/a-peek-at-the-past/

 

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SABC Media Libraries: Inspector Archivist, that is....

SABC Media Libraries: Inspector Archivist, that is.... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Retah Buys (Archivist, SABC Radio Archives):

The job of an archivist feels like that of an inspector.

 

Anecdote from the archives.

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Social media bringing National Archives to homes - Archivística ...

Social media bringing National Archives to homes - Archivística ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY DAVID OLSON:

 

"[...] through Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, the National Archives is showcasing some of its most compelling photos and documents to anyone with a computer. The hope is that some will be enticed to visit the 23,500-square-foot center.
“This is providing access to our records in a way that people currently expect to access records: online,” said Pam Wright, chief digital access strategist for the National Archives in Washington, D.C. “It’s about opening up and being more transparent, participatory and collaborative.”
The National Archives at Riverside — the official name of the regional archives center, even though it’s closer to Perris — is at the forefront of promoting its vast collection through social media."

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An Archive of Memories: Viewing War Footage Critically ...

An Archive of Memories: Viewing War Footage Critically ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Amita Arudpragasam:

"Another argument for why we are obliged now, more than ever before, to discern what photography we deem important, is because in this post-war period we are in the process of creating an archive of memories..."

 

"For many in Sri Lanka and around the globe, war is generic. Images of war victims are anonymous and nonspecific. If the caption on a photograph of a child war victim is altered, the meaning of the image can be changed and the photo reused in different contexts and by different parties – by LTTE advocates, different political factions, or by the Sri Lankan government. Do photographs of war victims necessarily vivify the condemnation of war? No. The same photograph that can be used as a call for peace can be used as a cry for revenge, as exaltation of a warring party, as acknowledgement that terrible things happen, or even as intimation that terrible things will continue to happen. The uses of the same Sri Lankan war footage can be diverse, from the promotion of the military, to appeals for peace, to ammunition for Human Rights activists. While photographs have a creator and so represent the view of someone, photographer intent does not necessarily determine the meaning of a photograph – processed images take on a life of their own depending on what context they are viewed in, and by whom. How a photograph is understood depends on the organizing idea, the moment, the place, the uses and the identification of the picture. So what should we take a photograph to mean? It might seem that photographs are simply a crude statement of fact addressed to the eye. But this belief is misleading and outdated. Photographs, as evidenced by their numerous adaptable uses are both objective record and personal testimony, a faithful copy or transcription of reality and an interpretation of that reality."

 

A valuable argument for the archivist to keep in mind.

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Who will preserve the past for future generations?

Who will preserve the past for future generations? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

J.L. GRANATSTEIN:

"Reducing library resources and breaking up the national archives will cause irreparable harm to nationhood..." > Library and Archives Canada

 

 

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Future Proof – Protecting our digital future » Our top 5 – Why recordkeeping is awesome! #archday12

Future Proof – Protecting our digital future » Our top 5 – Why recordkeeping is awesome! #archday12 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"June 9 is International Archives Day and together with our blog sisters at Archives Outside, Future Proof is celebrating! Go and check out Archives Outside’s Archives are Awesome post while here at Future Proof we are celebrating all things recordkeeping.

 

Here are our top 5 reasons why we think recordkeeping is awesome.

1. Good recordkeeping promotes efficiency

2. Good recordkeeping supports better decision making and reuse of information

3. Good recordkeeping supports accountability

4. Good recordkeeping adds value to your business

5. Good recordkeeping mitigates risks to your organisation"

 

 

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The Library Shelving Facility | Williams College

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"David Chalifoux is man with a mission. That mission: to store and protect the 137790 books, journals, VHS tapes, and microfilm from the college's libraries. Dave is the supervisor at Williams' Library Shelving Facility (LSF), a concrete, off-site storage space that is currently housing objects from Sawyer Library, Schow Library, Archives and Special Collections, and Chapin Library of Rare Books while the new library complex is being built. The LSF is also the permanent home of low-usage journals from Sawyer."

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