Sunday, December 21, 2008

"The archival world is not passive. We are actively engaged in sculpting social memory."--Ian Wilson.

"I serve those who lived in 1600 and I’m serving those who will live in 2200", says Librarian and Archivist of Canada Ian Wilson. He promotes digitization and free acess to archives, which can play a crucial role in the fight against human rights violations.

What is the relation between archives, truth, memory and history?

To me, archives are the fundamental source material, a mean of communication across time. We allow the generations to talk to each other, we work in the fourth dimension. What we preserve and maintain, what we inherit from our predecessors and what we add ourselves are all part of this communication process. Each generation asks questions about its past, depending on its concerns about its future. To me, archives are essentially about the future.

International forum on archives and human rights

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