Grace Lile
  • Self-Preservation through Personal Digital Archiving ‘Personal digital archiving’ is a movement that helps individuals take control of their digital files. A WITNESS Archivist shares her insights from a national conference, outlining gaps and solutions for human rights defenders. February 27, 2013
  • Join WITNESS For An Online Dialogue On Archiving Human Rights I'm excited to announce that starting today (May 16) through May 22 my fellow archivist Yvonne Ng and I will be co-hosting an online dialogue hosted by New Tactics in Human Rights titled Archiving Human Rights for Advocacy, Justice and Memory. May 16, 2012
  • Inside the Media Archive: our Cataloging Manual now available online Inside the Media Archive is an ongoing, occasional behind-the-scenes look at the practices, methodologies, tools, and resources the WITNESS Media Archive has developed and implemented to manage our collection of human rights video documentation. September 26, 2011
  • First ICC trial begins in the Hague On Monday this week the historic and long-awaited first trial of the International Criminal Court began in the Hague. In the dock is Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a Congolese warlord accused of conscripting children under the age of 15 - some as young as seven - as soldiers in the civil war. July 30, 2011
  • Sharing Truth Two weeks ago I participated in a remarkable event, called Sharing Truth, an international forum convened in Vancouver under the auspices of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada. March 16, 2011
  • The Documentation Affinity Group: Embedding Archive in Activism The Documentation Affinity Group (DAG) is a small international peer-to-peer network of local action groups originally established by six NGOs in 2005 to consider the role of documentation in protecting and promoting human rights worldwide. November 3, 2010
  • Nelson Mandela, Archivist Activist You may have seen a recent 60 Minutes segment on the newest published memoir of Nelson Mandela, perhaps “the most admired man alive” in the words of correspondent Bob Simon. And if you are an archivist, chances are you are familiar with Verne Harris, of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, renowned in his own right, activist archivist sine qua non. October 27, 2010
  • Using Archival Description to Foster Accountability I first became interested in records documenting the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia a decade ago, when I was working as the arts and culture web producer for the Asia Society Museum in New York. For the museum’s website, I interviewed the director of a troupe of classical Cambodians dancers who were touring the U.S. October 14, 2010
  • Archives for Change: Activist Archives, Archival Activism In recognition of Archives Month (October) and UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (October 27), Archiving Human Rights will explore the theme of activism, in its myriad word forms and meanings, as it relates to archives and archivists. September 29, 2010
  • Srebrenica: A Forensic Reconstruction Now on Exhibit at Open Society Archive In July 1995, over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were systematically slaughtered on grounds of ethnicity in and around Srebrenica in roughly 72 hours by units of the Bosnian Serb Army. June 14, 2010
  • Archiving Human Rights Last year, 2009, WITNESS devoted a considerable amount of time to strategic planning from which emerged a new and re-conceived way of approaching what we do, which is, simply put, video advocacy. May 11, 2010
  • Archives Without Borders The preliminary program is now available for the Archives Without Borders international congress announced some months ago. Co-hosted by VVBAD, the Flemish association for archivists and librarians, and KVAN, the Dutch association for archivists, the meeting will be held August 30 and 31, 2010 in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. April 12, 2010
  • SAA Human Rights Roundtable approved Word comes from Valerie Love, U Conn’s Curator of Human Rights Collections, that the petition to create a Human Rights Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists has been approved; Valerie made the case here last October. A huge thanks to Valerie and T-Kay Sangwand of U Texas for making this happen; they are eager […] February 12, 2010
  • New Tactics Dialogue follow-up Earlier this month New Tactics in Human Rights hosted an online dialogue Documenting Human Rights Violations: Choosing the Right Approach featuring practitioners from a variety of fields. Although a bit hard to navigate, there's a wealth of interesting commentary. Here are a few highlights: February 10, 2010
  • New Tactics dialogue on human rights documentation Documenting Violations: Choosing the Right Approach is an online dialogue being facilitated by New Tactics in Human Rights, beginning today and running through February 5, 2010. January 27, 2010