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8th European Conference on Digital Archiving in Geneva, Switzerland


Conference call for papers from Records Management Journal

28 – 30 April 2010

Swiss Federal Archives, Bern

Under the patronage of Federal Councillor Pascal Couchepin, the 8th European Conference on Digital
Archiving is to be held in Geneva from 28 to 30 April 2010. It is organised by the Swiss Federal Archives
together with the European Regional Branch and Professional Associations Section of the International
Council on Archives (ICA).

Digital archiving has been a key issue for archivists for more than two decades. It has long been apparent
that the rapid advances in information and communications technology are not only changing
methods of archiving, but also call into question fundamental principles of archiving. In recent years, major investments have been made in research, resulting not only in new applications
but also in extensive literature on the theory of archiving. We are now aware of the advantages and
risks of electronic archiving, and have devised operational solutions.

Nonetheless, many archives are confronted with the need to make fundamental strategic decisions. A
constant exchange of knowledge and experiences is needed more than ever, so that all European
archives can successfully take this vital step into the digital age and devise sustainable solutions for
the future, without turning their backs on their traditions. This is the central theme of the Geneva Conference.

The programme will focus on the following four issues:

1.    Archival profile: professional competence in the digital age
2.    What to keep: how to mirror the information society
3.    E-Archiving: reorganisation of processes and business models
4.    Online access: solutions and implications

Abstract submission on any of the four topics listed above will be possible online from the 1st of May 2009. You will find a web-based
form and further details at www.bar.admin.ch/eca2010

Submission deadline: 31 August 2009