Medium: Uncovering the global picture of Open GLAM. “How many cultural heritage institutions make their digital collections available for free reuse? How do they do this, and where is open access most prevalent? 12 months ago, Andrea Wallace and I set out to find some answers. In the first post in a short series, I recount the origins and motivations of the Open GLAM survey.”
NextGov: Survey: Only One-Third of Agencies Are Sending NARA Electronic Records. “Many federal agencies could be at risk of not meeting National Archives and Records Administration’s mandate to manage (and eventually send NARA) all records electronically by December 2019, according to a survey. An overreliance on manual processes and fallible end-users paired with a lack of manpower and implemented automation are driving that risk according to a survey of 150 government decision-makers released Thursday by AvePoint Public Sector and custom research firm Market Connections.”
Miami Herald: Fire burns archives at history-making social justice center. “A fire at a Tennessee social justice center that trained the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has destroyed a building and decades of archives. Nobody was injured. News outlets report officials are investigating what started the fire Friday morning at the Highlander Education and Research Center.”
The State Council, China: China to build online archive platform. “China will start to build a national online platform for archives, to make more documents available via the internet, an archive official said on March 29. Li Minghua, head of the National Archives Administration, said at a national conference attended by directors of local archive authorities that the project would be started this year with the building of the service platform.”
Al Jazeera: The path to colonial reckoning is through archives, not museums. “As the French President Emmanuel Macron tours East Africa, he is certain to get a cordial welcome. If everything goes to plan, it will be all smiles and few uncomfortable questions. However, this should not be the case. Macron has called for an international conference on the return of African art and artefacts looted during colonialism. But art and artefacts are not the only things that should be returned.”
Los Angeles Times: Lost in the Woolsey fire: A location scout’s photo archive of vintage New York. “Eryka Seimona Casper is a location scout, coordinator and manager who has worked on projects in which the setting itself is a key character. ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ ‘Crooklyn,’ ‘Broken City,’ ‘Sex and the City,’ and ‘The Sopranos’ are just a few credits of her 27-year career….It’s a behind-the-scenes specialty that she’s always wanted to explore in a documentary, and for decades she maintained a meticulous catalog of photos specifically of New York. Shot long before photography went digital, her archive visually captured a version of the Big Apple that no longer exists.”
The Times: Holocaust victims’ remains found in Imperial War Museum archives. “More than 70 years after they were murdered at Auschwitz, six unknown Holocaust victims will be laid to rest after it was revealed that their remains have lain for decades in the Imperial War Museum archives. Unbeknown to Jewish leaders, the ashes and bone fragments, believed to belong to five adults and a child, have been in storage for more than 20 years since they were bequeathed in the late 1990s by a Holocaust survivor who took them during a visit to the Nazi death camp.” Sometimes I have to stop, take out my handkerchief, and cry for a few minutes.