Derry Now: Troubles archive should be funded long-term

Derry Now: Troubles archive should be funded long-term. “A lecturer at one of the world’s most respected universities has called on Ulster University and the NI government to adequately fund a Derry-based Troubles archive. It comes after the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) was granted a lifeline in the form of €66,561 in funding from the Irish government’s Reconciliation Fund.”

Derry Now: Irish government funding saves Derry-based Troubles archive from closure

Derry Now: Irish government funding saves Derry-based Troubles archive from closure . “A valuable Troubles archive has been rescued at the eleventh hour after the Irish government announced funding for a new project. Earlier this year Ulster University had decided that the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) website would be frozen. The Irish government has now provided €66,561 through its Reconciliation Fund. But additional resources must still be found to secure its long-term future.”

‘There’s no way we can save it all’: National Archives says audio-visual records will be lost (Young Witness)

The Young Witness (Australia): ‘There’s no way we can save it all’: National Archives says audio-visual records will be lost. “The National Archives of Australia is preparing to lose large sections of its 117,000 hours of magnetic tape archives, including a prioritisation process to ensure archives relating to Indigenous languages and culture aren’t lost. Archivists across the world agree that audio visual archives held on magnetic tape will be lost forever if they are not digitised by 2025, a deadline that institutions like the National Archives and National Film and Sound Archive are battling to meet.”

MyNorthwest: Fate of Seattle National Archives facility still in limbo

MyNorthwest: Fate of Seattle National Archives facility still in limbo. “The archives serve the Pacific Alaska Region and are located on Sand Point Way near Magnuson Park. Sitting on 10 acres along the Burke-Gilman Trail, the location is prime real estate in one of the city’s nicest neighborhoods. The facility itself is housed in a World War II-era warehouse, which was converted in the early 1960s and which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Seattle office, and most NARA facilities, have been closed to the public since March 23 because of COVID-19. In spite of the pandemic, multiple processes appear to still be underway to try and prevent the archival materials, if not the actual NARA facility itself, from leaving Washington.”

Reuters: Hong Kong Tiananmen museum turns to digitalisation after new law

Reuters: Hong Kong Tiananmen museum turns to digitalisation after new law. “A Hong Kong museum chronicling the crackdown by Chinese troops on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square is raising funds to digitalise its collection as concerns over a new national security law create uncertainty over its future.”

ArtsHub (Australia): $5.5 Million for National Film and Sound Archive

ArtsHub: $5.5 Million for National Film and Sound Archive. This is Australia. “Perenially starved, fighting a tsunami of content, forced to choose between acquisition and accessibility, the NFSA is always starved for cash. Today Minister Fletcher made a funding announcement as part of a flurry of activity at the cultural end of his portfolio. The NFSA will receive $5.5 million over the next four years. Sounds like junk money but it is claimed to be enough to ‘achieve the digitisation of all audio and video magnetic tape by 2025’.”

Armenian Mirror-Spectator: Digital Archives of Armenian National Library Restored Online

Armenian Mirror-Spectator: Digital Archives of Armenian National Library Restored Online. “According to the acting director of the National Library of Armenia, Hrachya Saribekyan, online access to digitized materials of the library has been restored after almost three weeks. In a June 3 press conference, he reiterated that the digitized files had been preserved in hard drives which were undamaged despite the fire in the server section of the library.” You can learn more about the Armenian National Library fire here.

Derry Now: Derry-based ‘Troubles’ archive resource set to be frozen because of a lacking of funding

Derry Now: Derry-based ‘Troubles’ archive resource set to be frozen because of a lacking of funding. “The Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN) contains information and source material on the Troubles and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. The CAIN is regarded as the ‘go-to’ resource on the Troubles by academics, researchers and journalists from throughout the world. The archive and its staff are based at the Magee campus of the Ulster University. However, the university said last year that it was reviewing the future of the archive due to a lack of funding.”

South China Morning Post: Why delay in passing Hong Kong archives law does not surprise

South China Morning Post: Why delay in passing Hong Kong archives law does not surprise. “Delay would appear to be the default position for matters relating to government records and archives. It is now seven years since the Law Reform Commission, at the request of the administration, established a subcommittee to consider the need for legislation for the management of government records and archives, and the public is still waiting for the subcommittee’s final report and recommendations.”

The Guardian: Getty uses remote working in effort to preserve photo archive

The Guardian: Getty uses remote working in effort to preserve photo archive. “Millions of images – including never-before-seen shots of Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones – are being preserved remotely as one of the largest photography archives in the world attempts to prevent damage during the Covid-19 lockdown. The Getty Images archive in Canning Town, east London, holds 80m photographs and negatives, some of which are more than 100 years old and need careful preservation and protection to stop them quickly degrading.”

Natural History Museum (UK): Natural History Museum allocated £180 million in Budget to create state-of-the art research centre at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus

Natural History Museum (UK): Natural History Museum allocated £180 million in Budget to create state-of-the art research centre at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. “The collection of 80 million specimens, spanning 4.5 billion years from the formation of the solar system to the present day, is globally unique and scientifically invaluable. It plays a key role in the UK’s international reputation as a scientific leader. The development of new world-class accommodation will allow the Museum to move collections currently at risk of deterioration and irreparable damage from being housed in functionally and physically obsolete 20th century buildings to facilities which meet international collection standards.”

Christian Science Monitor: The national archives built from a crumpled napkin

Christian Science Monitor: The national archives built from a crumpled napkin. “It was 1991, and in the bombed-out ruins of Somaliland’s newly proclaimed capital city, a woman selling camel milk tea and laxoox, spongy Somali pancakes, handed a customer a piece of paper off the ground so that he could wipe the dirt off his hands. But as Jama Musse Jama prepared to crinkle the paper in his hands, his eyes snagged on the text. These were the trial records from a famous court case a decade earlier that had sent hundreds of student activists to prison.”

Variety: Read Universal Music Group Chief Archivist’s Update on Damage From 2008 Fire

Variety: Read Universal Music Group Chief Archivist’s Update on Damage From 2008 Fire. “The company’s chief archivist, Pat Kraus, sent the company’s staff a memo on Thursday updating progress on the inventory. Among other points, he says that the Times’ assessment may have been flawed due to its use of incomplete records — many of which were also destroyed — and insurance claims made by the company in the months immediately after the fire, which were at times general and based on staffers’ memories. He also provides specific numbers on the inventory, without naming artists.”

Hyperallergic: Scorched Museum of Chinese in America Archives Building Will Be Rebuilt

Hyperallergic: Scorched Museum of Chinese in America Archives Building Will Be Rebuilt. “After it was gutted by a five-alarm fire in January, the Chinatown building that housed the archives of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will be torn down and rebuilt, the city announced this week. The announcement ended concerns by members of the community that the city may have neglected its pledge to help recover the museum’s damaged archives.”