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Understanding and Using the Universal Declaration on Archives

This course is about the Universal Declaration on Archives, the story of how it came into being, what it is all about (including an introduction to the principles and concepts of archives and records management) and how it can be used for advocacy and evaluation work. It is intended for a wide audience, both those working in archives and records management and those with little or no knowledge of the field.

Authors: Karen Anderson,  archival educator, former chair of ICA’s Section on Archival Education and Training; Claude Roberto, expert in the UDA and Chair of ICA’s Advocacy Expert Group; and Margaret Crockett, ICA’s Training Officer.


It is a beginner level course, suitable for anyone, in any field, who wants to gain a thorough understanding of the Universal Declaration on Archives and how it can be used to support records and archives management, accountability, transparency and memory.



Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the importance of the UDA and why it is such a powerful tool for those of us working in the archives and records management field
  • Recognise key individuals who were instrumental in developing the UDA
  • Use the UDA as an evaluation tool for archives and records management programmes
  • Use the UDA to advocate for archives and records management
  • Describe cases in which the UDA has supported advocacy for archives and records
  • Use simple marketing and communications methods in conjunction with the UDA
Non member rate: 50,00 €
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