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#ICA_2012 Daily Wrap - Day 1

Highlights from the International Council on Archives Congress 2012 in Brisbane, brought to you by the National Archives of Australia. Tuesday 22 August, 2012.


  1. #ICA_2012 Opening Ceremony a blast

  2. A special performance by Bangarra Dance Theatre and wonderful renditions of 'I Still Call Australia Home' and 'Waltzing Matilda' by Voices of Birralee youth choir made the Opening Ceremony for the International Council on Archives Congress 2012 very special indeed. 
  3. Keynote: David Ferriero talks Archives and social media

  4. David Ferriero, 10th Archivist of the United States (National Archives & Records Administration), provided an inspiring talk in today's keynote session when he described all the ways NARA is involved in the social media world. Ferriero sees the US National Archives as leading the way in digital records and social media. He sees social media records as federal records, within certain guidelines.
    Delegates were amazed when he revealed that over 900 NARA staff are involved in creating and sharing content from the Archives for social media. 
    Another fascinating concept was the idea of a 'citizen archivist', fully embraced by NARA with their Citizen Archivist dashboard. Imagine - a world where the citizen is the archivist. It raises the question - are archives really 'gatekeepers' of history and truth? Or is it time to embrace allowing others to add their knowledge to archives? The US example provides some food for thought.
  5. Plenary: Third Party Digitisation: A Positive Approach in a Time of Change

  6. Is third party digitisation the way of the future for archives? Caroline Kimbell, Head of Licensing, The National Archives, UK made a good case for why archives should consider 3rd party digitisation, saying that private digitisation partnerships is a sensible way to go in this day and age, particularly with cuts to funding. A whopping 90% of UK National Archives digitisation in the last decade has been funded by the private sector, according to Kimbell.
  7. Should we archive private memories as well as public? The Norwegian example

  8. Ole Gausdal, National Archives of Norway presented a thought-provoking talk on the role of the National Archives of Norway in national healing and reconciliation after the 22 July 2011 Terror Attacks. It was inspiring because the Archives took the initiative to collect and preserve the materials - the letters, objects, even teddy bears - generated as a result of the national outpouring of grief and mourning in the wake of the attacks.
    What role do archives play in preserving not only the public records of a nation's memory, but the private records?
    You can read Ole Gausdal's full paper here. The digitised material collected by the National Archives of Norway from the public can be found here.
  9. #ICA_2012 Meme of the day

  10. We're having some fun with #ICA_2012 memes - why not make your own? Our favourite today comes from @melanieharwood from the National Archives of Australia. Remember - metadata is better data!
  11. Coming tomorrow...

  12. Dame Stella Rimington speaks on archives in a Wikileaks world - don't miss it!
  13. Note: these posts aim to give a very select snapshot of activities from sessions attended by our staff at the Congress. The National Archives of Australia as a whole is not endorsing a view of what is 'right' or 'wrong' regarding what is said in sessions. Our aim is simply to provide a record of the Congress using Storify as a tool to capture some of the activity.