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Archives are the documentary by-product of human activity retained for their long-term value.
They are contemporary records created by individuals and organisations as they go about their business and therefore provide a direct window on past events.
Being an archivist or record keeper is a fascinating role. There are not many jobs where it can be said that what you do today will matter hundreds of years from now.
An archivist or record keeper needs a passion for history, an eye for detail and a strong commitment to service. The return is to be a custodian of society's memory.
Archives are witnesses to the past. They provide evidence, explanation and justification both for past actions and current decisions.
The International Council on Archives (ICA) is created on 9 June 1948 , now celebrated as International Archives Day ...
The mission of the International Council on Archives (ICA) is to promote the preservation and use of archives around the world. In pursuing this mission, ICA works for the protection and enhancement of the memory of the world and to improve communication while respecting cultural diversity ...
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ICA’s Fund for the International Development of Archives (FIDA) provides assistance to archive professionals and institutions working in especially challenging conditions, usually in developing countries.
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EGABE - Archive Buildings and Environments EG EMDP - Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness PAAG - Photographic and Audiovisual Archives AEG - Expert Group on Advocacy EGAD - Archival Description HRWG - Archives and Human Rights EGA - Appraisal EGLM - Legal Matters EGRSO - Research Services and Outreach EGSAH - Shared Archival Heritage EG MDPR - Digital and Physical Records
In 2012 the ICA's Programme Commission made Africa a priority area for its professional programme work to support the development of record-keeping capacity in Africa, the needs of African archivists and records managers, ICA strategic objectives and priorities, and the delivery of archival education.
One of the ICA's Objectives is to build capacity within the archive profession. A fundamental element of this capacity building is to support Young and New Professionals to develop their professional knowledge and to encourage them to participate in all that the ICA has to offer.
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ALA - Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos ARBICA - Arab Regional Branch CARBICA - Caribbean Regional Branch CENARBICA - Central Africa Regional Branch EASTICA - East Asian Regional Branch ESARBICA - Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch EURASICA - Eurasia Regional Branch EURBICA - European Regional Branch NAANICA - North American Archival Network PARBICA - Pacific Regional Branch SARBICA - Southeast Asian Regional Branch SWARBICA - South and West Asian Regional Branch WARBICA - West African Regional Branch
SAE - Section for Education and Training SAFT - Section for Archives of Faith Traditions SAN - Section on Notarial Archives
SAR - Section on Architectural Archives SBA - Section on Business Archives SIO - Section on International Organisations SLA - Litterary and Artistic Archives
SLMT - Section on Local, Municipal and Territorial Archives
SPA - Section of Professional Associations
SPO - Section on Sport Archives
SPP - Section for Archives of Parliaments and Political Parties
SUV - Section on University Archives
The Universal Declaration on Archives is a statement about the relevance and importance of archives to the general public; it is an articulation of the specific connections between records and archives and good governance, basic human rights and entitlements, cultural and community identity, history and heritage. It details the unique characteristics of archives and their management requirements to ensure ongoing access for as long as they are needed. You can register your support for the Declaration by signing the online Register below. The names on the Register will be made publically available together with the registrant’s city and country of residence, comments and the date the register was signed. If you are signing on behalf of an organisation the name of the organisation will also be shown.
PRIVACY: Other than the registrant’s name, organisation name (if the register is being signed on behalf of an organisation), city and country of residence, comments and the registration date, all other registration information provided will remain confidential and only used by the International Council on Archives. This confidential information will not be shared with a third party. Each person who signs the register has the right to access, modify, correct or delete data relating to them by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Law “Informatique et Libertés” January 6, 1978)