• The magic of documenting documentation Guest post from Sarah Van Deusen Philips: As the project coordinator for human rights at the Center for Research Libraries-Global Resources Network, my primary task is to engage with the life-cycle of human rights documents, which I do through our Electronic Resources Study.  In this study, I am busy speaking to human rights field workers, […] WITNESS October 20, 2009
  • Human Rights Electronic Evidence Study The Center for Research Libraries Global Resources Initiative is currently studying how NGOs and archiving institutions collect, manage and preserve digital human rights documentation, including blogs, social media, and video and other media from mobile devices; the project is described in significant depth on The Documentalist, the project's blog. WITNESS September 17, 2009
  • Recommended: new book, new blog I am reading, with great pleasure, Randall Jimerson’s newly published Archives Power: Memory, Accountability and Social Justice (2009; Society of American Archivists). The book addresses the role of archives and archivists in society, and evolving perspectives on their relevance to larger issues of social justice. SAA’s blurb: “Grounded in historical and social theory, this analysis […] WITNESS September 9, 2009
  • Guantánamo Bay archive project Another interesting project announced recently, also with a significant web component, is the Guantánamo Bay Detention Center Archive.    The archive was conceived by Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz,  attorneys representing several Guantánamo detainees as well as professors of law at Seton Hall University; and co-directed by Michael Nash, director of NYU’s Tamiment Library.   […] WITNESS July 23, 2009
  • Conference: Memory, Archives, Human Rights In Copehagen Denamrk, and Malmö, Sweden, June 4-5, 2009: Archives, Memory and Human Rights. WITNESS May 2, 2009
  • Citizen Archivists: MiT6 Notes, part 2 Another thematic thread from MIT6, MIT's Media in Transition conference, highlighted by Rick Prelinger (Prelinger Library, Prelinger Archives) at the 2nd plenary, Archives and History. WITNESS April 30, 2009
  • Documenting Truth: new Publication from ICTJ The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) has just released Documenting Truth, a report of best practices for human rights documentation. The 30-page report is the result of work by the Documentation Affinity Group (DAG), a peer-to-peer network of six diverse NGOs: the ICTJ, the Documentation Center of Cambodia, the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala, Human Rights Education Institute of Burma, Humanitarian Law Center (Belgrade), and the Iraq Memory Foundation. WITNESS January 26, 2009
  • Stories that must be told: archives & records in post-conflict and peacekeeping The 2nd newsletter of the ICA Human Rights Working group is now available; the highlight is the text of a paper presented by Tom Adami at the ICA Congress last July in Kuala Lumpur.  Adami spent eight years as archivist/information manager at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and is now working for the […] WITNESS November 2, 2008
  • World Day For Audiovisual Heritage: Human Rights Archives Today, October 27, is World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, established by UNESCO in 2007 to highlight the importance of film, video, television, radio and all other forms of audiovisual media to global culture, history, and communication; and to call attention to the vulnerability of this media, due to neglect, deterioration, a lack of human or […] WITNESS October 27, 2008
  • Behind the Abu Ghraib photographs: Gourevitch/Morris New Yorker article Thanks to everyone at Duke for a great visit. I had the opportunity to meet and speak with a great group of archivists there, as well as to screen Missing Lives: Disappearances and Impunity in the North Caucasus to a more general audience. Produced with partner Human Rights Center Memorial, the video documents the problem […] WITNESS March 21, 2008
  • Event: visit to Archive for Human Rights at Duke Next week I’ll be visiting and speaking at the Archive for Human Rights at Duke University. I’ll be screening a recent Memorial/WITNESS video, Missing Lives: Disappearances and Impunity in the Northern Caucasus, and talk about some of the production and archiving processes and challenges; the announcement is here. I’m looking forward to seeing the Duke […] WITNESS March 12, 2008
  • U Conn Symposium I returned last night from a brief but really productive symposium at the University of Connecticut, organized and hosted by the Dodd Center, home to the University’s human rights collections. The symposium was designed in part as a follow-up to last October’s conference at Columbia, and an effort to foster collaboration and resource-sharing among organizations […] WITNESS March 5, 2008
  • Event: Human Rights Archives & Documentation at U Conn March 3 & 4, 2008: The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut is hosting a one and a half day symposium, “Human Rights Archives and Documentation: Transforming Ideas into Practice.” Speakers include Patricia Wald of the ICTY and Trudy Huskamp Peterson, former Acting Archivist of the […] WITNESS February 21, 2008
  • International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest (via H-Net) Received this morning via H-Net listserv: Title: International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest,  1500-Present Description: Call for Essay Contributions — […] This eight-volume, 5,000-page, peer-reviewed work, to be published by Blackwell next year is intended to become the definitive reference work on the role of popular agency in transforming the world … Contact: jcohn@pnc.edu http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=159819 […] Sameer Padania December 12, 2007