UPDATE: Announcement: Call to Papers Deadline Extended

03 September 2009

Back in May, I posted an announcement concerning a Call for Papers for the 8th European Conference on Digital Archiving, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland between April 28-30, 2010. The conference is being organized by the Swiss Federal Archives in collaboration with the International Council on Archives' (ICA) European Regional Branch (EURBICA) and the Section on Professional Associations (SPA).

Fast forward to September--just a few days ago--I received an email from the Swiss Federal Archives notifying me that the paper submission deadline has been extended to September 13, 2009.

You can find more information on the extension of deadline on the Swiss Federal Archives website.

Spread the word among your colleagues.


Announcement: Call for Papers, 8th European Conference on Digital Archiving

17 May 2009

Announcement and call for papers.

8th European Conference on Digital Archiving, Geneva, Switzerland, April 28-30, 2010.

The Swiss Federal Archives organise together with the International Council on Archives' (ICA) European Regional Branch (EURBICA) and the Section on Professional Associations (SPA) the 8th European Conference on Digital Archiving that takes place in Geneva, 28 - 30 April 2010.

As of now it is possible to submit abstracts online at Abstract Submission...You find more information on the conference and details on the Call for Papers on our website www.bar.admin.ch/eca2010

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you very much for your help to promote the ECA 2010!

Best regards,
Mercedes Matas
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin


Digital Preservation: An Animated Primer

07 May 2009


When Archivists Twitter...Amazing Things Happen!

05 March 2009

Found on the A&A listserv, posted by Lisa Grimm, a slideshare presentation called "When Archivists Twitter."

Ah, my heart's a twitter!


Message to Readers

19 January 2009

The following excerpt was taken from a blog post I published on The DIGITAL Archive, my other blog. It discusses the future of Archives*Open in light of recent changes in my professional life.

When I launched Archives*Open back in early December, I was inspired and energized and greatly encouraged by the positive feedback and comments.

Today, I still feel inspired and energized. But now, with a new job starting imminently, I wonder if I can honestly maintain energy levels.

I hate to see a bright idea dim.

So in an effort to keep things moving I am making Archives*Open more, well, open, leveraging tools, technologies and services that are freely available on the Web to push content to the blog - with some editorial assistance on my part.

For example, I have started using a Twitter service called Twitterfeed, which takes RSS feeds (title and description fields only) and tweets them to a Twitter account. Regarding the Archives*Open twitter feed (@archivesopen), I am creating search parameters that encompass archives, access and Web 2.0 and saving them as RSS feeds and then running them through Twitterfeed to the @archivesopen Twitter account.

I have done something similar with Delicious, the social bookmarking service. Every time I find a website that fits 'the Web 2.0/innovative access to archival materials' classification, I tag it with "archivesopen" (no quotation marks, natch) and in time the bookmark (short blurb and URL) will be tweeted.

You can join in as well.

If you have a Delicious account, you can tag websites with "archivesopen." Fingers crossed, the bookmark will be tweeted via the Archives*Open Twitter feed.

As I reaffirm here, I am still invigorated by both the concept and mission behind the blog as well as by the positive feedback and contributions received from readers. Giving Access to the Masses is still the goal.

By using current and emerging Web technologies to raise public awareness, educate, and provide improved and enhanced public access to archives and archival materials, I firmly believe we can inspire people, giving them the means to fully appreciate archives and even partake in the profession as "citizen archivists," as Rory Litwin writes in his book review of Richard J. Cox's latest book. And, perhaps, in so doing, even uplift our own spirits. Archives are not about old dusty long-forgotten things; they are stories that recount the past, frame our present, and possess our futures.

This is not the end of Archives*Open, but rather a re-structuring of forthcoming plans, including the amount of time I will dedicate to the blog. Thank you all for reading, following, and contributing to Archives*Open. Stay tuned. There's more to come.


Call for Student Papers: ACA Conference 2009

12 January 2009

From Arcan-L, posted on January 12, 2009, by Duncan Grant. A call for student papers for the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) Conference 2009 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. "Submissions relating to the conference theme, 'Rights, Responsibilities, Trust: Archives and Public Affairs,' are encouraged, though proposals on other archival topics will also be considered."

Although the ACA Conference 2009 has a theme, other proposals will still be considered. Perhaps a good time to talk about Archives, Access and Web 2.0!

Complete call for student papers below:

Attention Archival Students,
Call for Student Proposals – ACA Conference 2009
New Ideas, New Voices: The Student Session
Calgary, Alberta - May 17-19, 2009
Are you an archival studies student with an idea that you want to share with the archival community?  Are you researching a paper and would like to take it to the next stage?  Are you honing your public speaking skills, and looking for ways to enhance your CV?  The ACA 2009 Program Committee wants to hear from you!!
Proposals are now being accepted for the ACA Conference’s annual student session. Submissions relating to the conference theme, “Rights, Responsibilities, Trust: Archives and Public Affairs,” are encouraged, though proposals on other archival topics will also be considered. For more information about the conference theme, see the ACA conference website. All individuals who are presently enrolled in or will graduate from a Canadian archival studies program in the 2008-09 academic year are eligible to apply. 
The student session, “New Ideas, New Voices,” will be held on Friday, May 15th, 2009 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.  Three student papers (15 to 20 minutes each) will be selected by the Program Committee, each by a student from a different institution.
Thanks to the Association of Canadian Archivists Foundation (ACAF), the selected participants will receive a bursary which covers the cost of the registration fees as well as some assistance for the travel and accommodation expenses, through their schools. Students who meet the eligibility criteria (e.g. ACA member, Canadian, travel originating in Canada), may also apply for a travel subsidy through the ACA’s SSHRC travel fund, while the completed SSHRC travel form must be submitted directly to the ACA office.
Please include the following in your submission:
- Your name, telephone number, postal address, and email address
- Name and address of the school/program that you attend
- Title and abstract of your paper (max. 250 words)
- A one-sentence statement indicating your commitment to attend the 2009 ACA Conference and to deliver your paper in person if selected by the Committee
The deadline for submissions is January 25, 2009.
Questions and submissions should be sent to Crista Bradley, ACA 2009 Conference Program Committee, at crista.bradley@uregina.ca.


"Old Stuff, New Tricks.." A Web 2.0 Presentation You Need to See

08 January 2009

Slides from a presentation at the 2009 American Association for History and Computing (AAHC) an affiliate at the American Historical Association (AHA) meeting by Jean Root Green, Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Mark Matienzo, and Amy Schindler.


Around the Web - January 8, 2009

This week on Around the Web, I am highlighting several Web 2.0 archival projects that I found or were forwarded to me over the holidays.


Russell James, who blogs over at Records Junkie, submitted his wiki, History of Archives, Recordkeeping, and Records. A wiki (the word, by the way, is Hawaiian for fast) is an online collaborative work space where registered (or unregistered) members contribute content and build an evolving resource on one or several topics. In most cases, the wiki's interface is similar to a Microsoft Word document or a WYSIWYG ("what-you-see-is-what-you-get) HTML editor, so the learning curve for most users is minimal. The goal of a wiki is to foster collaboration among individuals and/or experts in a field. Very useful.


A reader sent an email to the SAA listserv, which he also directed to my attention, about a project called Ashes of Waco. It is a blog about the standoff between the US Government and the Branch Davidians, an end time cult, and its tragic ending. The blog effectively provides incredible detail and insight into what took place on that event. In the project's own words:

A blog about the digitization and online presentation of archival materials in Dick J. Reavis Papers that are related to his book, The Ashes of Wace: An Investigation, about the 1993 raid, siege, and burning of the Mt. Carmel Center near Waco, Texas.

Archief 2.0 / Archives 2.0 Dutch-Style

Dutch Archivist Christian van der Ven, who has been feeding Archives*Open a steady and healthy diet of Web 2.0 ideas, projects and initiatives occurring in his native Netherlands, forwarded me information on a social networking, content aggregating, and collaborative work space called Archief 2.0 (Archives 2.0), which he and his fellow colleagues have been using to start discussions, share comments, information and thoughts on Archives 2.0.

They use a free service called Ning. One caveat, though: While the service is English, the Archief 2.0 site is in Dutch. However, even a simple scan of the site by non-Dutch readers clearly indicates that Christian and his colleagues have been building a large volume of content on a very relevant topic to readers of this blog.

Another Dutch reader, Thijs van Exel, alerted me to a preservation, digitization and access project called Images for the Future (IFTF), which is a joint venture of six participating consortium parties, among which the National Archive and Kennisland | Knowledgeland are members. The website is in Dutch and English. According to the website:

The aim of this project is to open up the wealth of 20th century audio and visual material that has been stored in the archives of the parties concerned. If nothing is done about it, this material will be lost forever. In this project the material will be restored, preserved, digitalised and made available. A total of 137.200 hours of video, 22.501 hours of film, 123.900 hours of audio and 2,9 million photos is involved.

This project is reminiscent of another on-going project by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), which is endeavouring to digitize and make accessible to the public via the Web the Board's large vault of animation, documentaries and feature films. More information on this project is available at The DIGITAL Archive, where I wrote a review of the website.

Around the Web is a community-driven series of blog posts. It serves as a platform where archivists and others in related fields submit information about archival projects that are using Web technologies, such as Web 2.0, in innovative ways. It also servces as a platform where archivists and others express opinions and comments on Web 2.0 in the archives field. Let's generate some useful discussion. Leave a comment or send Archives*Open an email (archives.open@gmail.com)


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