The overall theme of the 2008 ICA Congress, “Mapping Future Society”, was broad enough to encompass papers ranging across the entire spectrum of archives, from their management as objects, to the role of recordkeeping from the widest social and cultural perspectives.

This first of two Congress volumes focuses on the role of effective recordkeeping as the keystone for accountability and good governance in public administration and civil society, and on the partnerships which must be made to enable this.