Archival Platform

Sorry, I have been a lazy blogger as of late but this directly translates into a busy consultant.

Check out this great new project, the Archival Platform, run by Harriet Deacon.  The Archival Platform’s aim is to facilitate dialogue and information sharing between professionals, academics and government employees in the heritage and archive sector.  From their website:

“The Archival Platform is a networking, advocacy and research initiative. We use the word “archive” to refer not only to records or books in archives and libraries, but also to memory, cultural practice and places that tell the stories of the past. The Archival Platform’s aim is to facilitate dialogue and information sharing between professionals, academics and government employees in the heritage and archive sector.

Three years from now, the Archival Platform will have helped consolidate public ownership of South Africa’s historical archive – not only physical records of the country’s history, but also the memory, cultural practices and places that tell the story of the past – by raising its public profile and status, promoting effective management of it and improving access to it.”

Download a PowerPoint presentation about the Archival Platform given by Harriet Deacon, director of the Archival Platform, at the first International Conference on Africa Digital Archives and Libraries (ICADLA-1), Addis Ababa, 1-3 July 2009.

Visit their website: www.archivalplatform.org

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