Report on ‘Ex Africa Semper Aliquid Nova’

Both Dr Alistair Tough and Simon Gill shared their perspectives on the importance of records in developing countries in Africa to fight corruption and to support development. As Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, Alistair shared his extensive experience of working in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to re-configure records management programmes as part public sector…

Review of final session

The final session of the conference returned to the question posed – Is there a democratic deficit in archives? Delegates drew on the discussion and debate as well as their own experiences and views to consider two questions: first, the nature and extent of the archival accountability or democratic deficit gap; and second what kinds…

Voluntary Sector Archives: a democratic deficit?

This review was originally posted by Charlotte Clements on her blog at cclements29.wordpress.com and is reproduced here with kind permission. Last week I attended a conference at the University of Northumbria which posed the question ‘Is there a democratic deficit in archives?’ It brought together a range of interested parties such as archivists, records managers, academics and…

Report on Government Reviews 2- Child Abuse

Throughout the western world child abuse on an almost industrial scale scars the 20th century. It is inter-connected as children were shipped around the world with careless abandon. Allegations against Catholic religious orders began in Ireland, which led to a damning report by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (the Ryan Report) that named…

Report of session one – what will future users want?

David Nicholas spoke about the question of what happens when ‘information lite’ meets’ information on the go’.  He has come to recognize some fundamental behaviours in the digital space.  The ‘Google generation’ who are hitting universities now rely on their phones for information seeking which largely takes place in the social space.  The phone has…

Report of Government Reviews 1

  Greg Falconer and Bruno Longmore, chaired by David Thomas There were strong similarities between these two talks. Both emphasised the need for a broader cultural change to improve record keeping, and the importance of senior management buy-in.  They also both spoke about how changing things now for longer term effect was key. As both…