“It is obvious that the re-use of personal data unbeknown to citizens and for commercial purposes, all this easily facilitated by new technologies, must be fought by every means, but systematic destruction or anonymization of data to avoid any trouble is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Rather than reinforcing a secured preservation and a controlled access to our heritage, compliant with individual liberties, Europe will impose a collective amnesia for our own good.
Collecting and preserving personal data for patrimonial or legal purposes beyond the needs leading to their creation, ensuring access to information while protecting privacy is the privilege of democracies, which have had strict legislation in this domain for a very long time.
Europe must not forbid data preservation, but on the contrary ensure their protection and controlled access. It must ensure citizens that sufficient technical, financial and human resources, including the presence of skilled professionals will be granted to manage data properly.
To avoid a decision with irreparable consequences, we ask the European commission to adjourn the adoption of this regulation and debate it in depth.”
"Two Danish men have been sentenced to prison after confessing to stealing World War II documents from Denmark’s national"
— 2 Danes sentenced for stealing WWII documents
"Ask any archivist — or most anyone for that matter — what the importance of historical materials held by archives is and they will likely tell you that it is so large it is immeasurable, assuming that that is true and flattering. True, yes, to a degree, but definitely not flattering. In fact, that is one of the big problems with archives — that their value or impact is not directly measurable. We try to measure, and, despite the strength of the adverbs we use (very, extremely, critically, etc.), the measurement is soft because it lacks numbers."
— How Do Archives Measure Up - Joshua Ranger
http://www.avpreserve.com/blog/how-do-archives-measure-up/ (via missrumphiusproject)
"Still in 2009, after an architectural competition, a decision on a new archive building was made. It was planned to accommodate not only the archive institution itself but also the Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek, a renowned art and museum library, and the Rheinische Bildarchiv, a collection of photographs on the history of art, architecture, culture and photography in Cologne. The plan was to build the “safest and state-of-the-art city archive in Europe“ by 2017. After the decision of the city council, a detailed concept was worked out and approved.
In the light of the city’s financial crisis, in 2013 the local political discussion moved towards re-thinking the decision and even to a planning moratorium. Protests of the local supporting groups as well as national archive organizations followed."
Historical Archive of the City of Cologne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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