International Archives Week: 8-14 June 2020

International Archives Week 8-14 June 2020, Empowering Knowledge Societies


Campaign theme is « Empowering Knowledge Societies »

The archival, records and data landscape in the 21st century is changing public expectations, how we do our work, what constitutes credible evidence and how we protect our holdings. Our profession (data and information managers, document managers and archivists) can provides opportunities to ensure we deliver benefits to citizens and Knowledge Societies. What means to us Empowering Knowledge Societies?

Empowering Knowledge Societies is about Artificial Intelligence, Digital Preservation and Emerging Technologies.

Artificial intelligence and emerging technologies are quickly changing how we do our work, but we need to understand both the strength and weaknesses of these technologies in archives and records endeavours. What do they do well? What can they help us do better? How do we engage with these new practices? What are the ethical implications?

These technologies will also impact how we preserve information and make accessible information (records and data), but we not only need to discuss this but there are persisting questions about how to preserve records and data in a sustainable, practical and cost-effective way.

Empowering Knowledge Societies is about Sustainable Knowledge.

Sustainable knowledge is fundamental to sustainable development and the achievement of development initiatives like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the core of these initiatives is the need for trustworthy information, regardless of format.

Sustainable information is also about how we protect our holdings from climate change, theft, looting, and illicit trafficking. It also about looking beyond what is done to the archives and records institutions and examining our impact on society and the environment.

Empowering Knowledge Societies is about Trust and Evidence.

In the age of ‘alternative facts’, ‘fake news’, misinformation and cybersecurity threats, the need for trustworthy evidence (records, information, data) has become ever more essential. What is our role in this space? Who are our allies?  What is the role of records and archives professionals in the area of internet governance?

Trust and evidence also mean reaching out and understanding what our users need, so that they can believe in what we do and how we acquire, preserve and make accessible information. How do we empower them? To empower us?

​How do we better explain and advocate for the essential role played by archivists and information professionals in the Knowledge Societies of the 21st century? From paper to digital, how are you Empowering Knowledge Societies with your work? Let’s challenge what people think we do! Help us tell the world what archives in the Knowledge Societies are about!

Share with us your vision of archives and your profession and show us how you will celebrate archivists’ achievements from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June 2020!

How to plan a successful International Week step by step

We invite you to celebrate the International Archives Week on the theme of the ICAAbuDhabi2020 Congress "Empowering Knowledge Societies” which will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 16 to 20 November 2020.

You have several options:

1. Organise an event

From Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June 2020, celebrate the International Archives Week in your institution, your company or your department. Use this global event for archivists and records managers in order to make known the role of archives and share your experience and the importance of your work. Show that the archives profession is fun, inclusive, varied and that your expertise is helpful to everyone.

Prepare your project for the International Archives Week 2020:

1. Starting from today, save the date from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June 2020…

2. Get inspired by what your colleagues around the world have organized the previous years and planned on the Interactive Map 2019 !

3. Under the theme “Empowering Knowledge Societies”, choose right now your project to participate in the event: an exhibition, a slide-show, a film screening, and open your department to the public, explain your work, raise the profile of your colleagues and explain how they can help other departments in your institution or your company.

4. In order to facilitate your events, ICA makes available on its website cutomizable communication templates (posters, bookmarks, etc.) and an instructions guide to customize them via an online application: Canva

5. Publish your event from April using OpenAgenda: Exhibition, conference, escape game, radio show, contest or workshop, celebrate the International Archives Week with your colleagues and the general public. Fill in the event (s) you organize in the agenda with your programme and with your customized posters and documents in order to highlight it.
Please note: You are responsible for the content that you publish in the agenda. In particular, you must ensure that you have released the rights to the images because they may be reused by third parties.

6. From Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June 2019 please think of taking photos of, as well as your celebration and send them to us or post them on #IAW2020! ICA wants to highlight your projects and the dynamism of archivists and records managers! 

7. Follow the event on Social Media #IAW2020 and continue to celebrate “Empowering Knowledge Societies” by registering to the #ICAAbuDhabi2020 Congress.

2. Write an article on the ICA blog

Write an article about your job and share your vision of your work and your role in “Empowering Knowledge Societies”. The 21st Century is bringing new challenges. Artificial Intelligence, Digital Preservation and Emerging Technologies, Sustainable Knowledge, Trust and Evidence, how are you ambitioning to respond to those issues? Let’s challenge what people think we do! Help us tell the world what archives in the Knowledge Societies are about! We have dedicated a day for each challenge, so you can choose your involvement :

Monday 8th June Opening Statement

Tuesday 9th June Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Wednesday 10th June Digital Preservation

Thursday 11th June Trust and Evidence

Friday 12th June Sustainable Archives and Climate Change

Saturday 13th June Open Standards and Open Tools

Sunday 14th June New Professionals

Share with us your vision of archives and your profession, and send us right now your text to be published on the ICA blog. If you look forward to more details about the topics

3. Join #AnArchiveIs

What is an Archive? To celebrate International Archives Day on Tuesday 9th June, the archival community is called upon to complement the hashtag #AnArchiveIs with its opinion. Based on the opinions expressed by the community on social networks, the best contributions (text and photos) will be chosen to design promotional banners that will support the 2021 campaign. So, up to you, #AnArchiveIs….