Deutsche Welle: Cologne opens new city archive, 12 years after fatal collapse

Deutsche Welle: Cologne opens new city archive, 12 years after fatal collapse. “The western German city of Cologne on Friday inaugurated its new historical archive, 12 years after a subway construction mishap collapsed the former building. In March 2009, the Cologne archive building collapsed into an excavation pit of a nearby subway construction project. Two people were killed and irreplaceable historical documents of the 2,000-year-old city were buried in the rubble.”

Nigerian Tribune: Stakeholders Lament State Of National Archives, Brainstorm On Revamping ‘Former Monuments’

Nigerian Tribune: Stakeholders Lament State Of National Archives, Brainstorm On Revamping ‘Former Monuments’. “THE sorry state of the first office of the National Archives of Nigeria at the University of Ibadan, which was established in 1954, has been a major concern to some stakeholders. A conference was organised recently by Marina Roundtable Limited at the University of Ibadan to brainstorm on how to revive the archives for national development. Both the town and the gown were in attendance.”

New Yorker: The Queer Past Gets Deleted on eBay

New Yorker: The Queer Past Gets Deleted on eBay. “In researching his book ‘Bound Together: Leather, Sex, Archives, and Contemporary Art,’ Andy Campbell, an associate professor of critical studies at the Roski School of Art and Design, used both eBay and the Johnson/Carter Library, in addition to other archives around the country. ‘Bound Together’ argues that queer archives are particularly precarious, as they often lack institutional support structures and their content is at odds with community guidelines.”

Oil City News: Consultant Finds Western History Center Staffing ‘Unsustainable,’ Collection In ‘Disarray’

Oil City News: Consultant Finds Western History Center Staffing ‘Unsustainable,’ Collection In ‘Disarray’ . “The report highlighted several issues with the WHC’s organization and collection, such as improper storage of archival materials, being limited to on-site visits to ‘research, discover and access collection materials,’ and the lack of resources — ‘human, financial, physical and intellectual’ — to best operate and preserve the archive.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Burden falls on Archives boss to make case for cybersecurity boost

Sydney Morning Herald: Burden falls on Archives boss to make case for cybersecurity boost. “The head of the National Archives says it falls to him now to make a compelling case to the federal government to secure nearly $170 million to boost the institution’s cybersecurity and digital capability. The government’s long-awaited response to the Tune review of the Archives, revealed in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Thursday, agrees with the need to invest more in cybersecurity and examine the case for a high-tech 5th Generation Digital Archive.

The Conversation: The Internet Archive has been fighting for 25 years to keep what’s on the web from disappearing – and you can help

The Conversation: The Internet Archive has been fighting for 25 years to keep what’s on the web from disappearing – and you can help. “You may not realize portions of the internet are constantly disappearing. As librarians and archivists, we strengthen collective memory by preserving materials that document the cultural heritage of society, including on the web. You can help us save the internet, too, as a citizen archivist.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Archives pleaded with Attorney-General to release report on its future

Sydney Morning Herald: Archives pleaded with Attorney-General to release report on its future. “The National Archives spent a year pleading with then-attorney-general Christian Porter to respond to a report into the institution, which revealed it needed a huge injection of cash to preserve some of the country’s most at-risk documents and help it abide by its own laws. Documents released to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age under Freedom of Information show the Archives’ advisory council made repeated calls on Mr Porter to at least release the report that was handed to the attorney-general in early February last year.”

Boing Boing: The Vagina Museum needs a new home

Boing Boing: The Vagina Museum needs a new home. “At first, the museum did mostly pop-up events at places Green Man Festival to the Royal Institution to the Feminist Library to the Freud Museum, with exhibits that focused on things like the history of menstruation. In 2019, the Vagina Museum found a permanent home in Camden Market, and soon became a celebrated destination. But, like a lot of things, COVID-19 threw that for a loop.”

Learning from disaster: Across Tohoku, a race is on to preserve vital records (Japan Times)

Japan Times: Learning from disaster: Across Tohoku, a race is on to preserve vital records. “In a public facility run by the town of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture, located in a designated no-go zone, stacks of cardboard boxes slowly gather dust. The boxes are filled with public documents detailing the March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and the evacuation that followed — outlining the ordeal Okuma and its residents have been through over the past decade.”

Colossal: The Sketchbook Project Needs Help After Its Brooklyn Collection Grows to 55,000 Globally Submitted Books

Colossal: The Sketchbook Project Needs Help After Its Brooklyn Collection Grows to 55,000 Globally Submitted Books. “Colossal editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson spoke with Steven Peterman, the founder and managing director of The Sketchbook Project, in July 2021. This conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.”

Folha de São Paulo (Headline Translated): Fire hits Cinemateca Brasileira warehouse in western São Paulo

From Folha de São Paulo and translated from Portuguese: Fire hits Cinemateca Brasileira warehouse in western São Paulo. “A fire hits a warehouse at the Cinemateca Brasileira, in the west side of São Paulo, this Thursday night (29). According to the Bombeor Corps, six vehicles were sent to Rua Othão, 290, in Vila Leopoldina. There is no victim information.” Cinemateca Brasileira is an institution tasked with preserving Brazil’s audiovisual archives. It’s another devastating blow to Brazil’s cultural heritage collections after 2018’s fire at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro.

CNET: Struggling Ghibli Museum exceeds crowdfunding target in 24 hours

CNET: Struggling Ghibli Museum exceeds crowdfunding target in 24 hours. “The July 15 listing on hometown tax site Furusato Tax had requested an amount of 10,000,000 yen ($90,814.15 USD), and as of writing it has achieved 133% of the goal. Studio Ghibli is an animation house responsible for such films as the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and the promised How Do You Live?”

BBC: The online data that’s being deleted

BBC: The online data that’s being deleted. “Thanks to the permanence of stone tablets, ancient books and messages carved into the very walls of buildings by our ancestors, there’s a bias in our culture towards assuming that the written word is by definition enduring. We quote remarks made centuries ago often because someone wrote them down – and kept the copies safe. But in digital form, the written word is little more than a projection of light onto a screen. As soon as the light goes out, it might not come back.”