The Digital Revolution and the Future of Archives

The program for the upcoming Archivists symposium in Denmark has been announced.  Themes include:

  • Challenges to archival theory and practice

The possible dissolution of the principle of provenance and the record principle, which for more than 100 years have been the cornerstones of archival practice and historical research, may be one of the outcomes of the digital revolution. What are the implications hereof for archival theory and practice, and for future historical research?

  • Comparison of different national traditions of archival practice and education
  • Linking archival theory and practice

The digital revolution implies new ways of information retrieval and knowledge sharing and blurs distinctions between information and records management in the workplace and the archivists’ work at the archives. What are the implications hereof for information- and record managers as well as archivists?

For those who would like to attend, there’s still time to submit a paper.  (The deadline for abstracts is October 4; and, for papers, October 11.)

The symposium is hosted by Aalborg University, in cooperation with the Aalborg City Archives.  The program can be found here.

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About Jeremy Burman

Jeremy Trevelyan Burman is a senior doctoral student in York University’s Department of Psychology, specializing in the history of developmental psychology and its theory (especially that pertaining to Jean Piaget). Prior to returning to academia, he was a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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