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#ArchivesRock on International Archives Day 2016

11 mei 2016

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Parade of ‘Rederijkers’ making music in Middelburg (province Zeeland, The Netherlands). Engraving by Daniël Veelwaard and Jan Arends, ca 1784/1785. Zeeuws Archief/Zeeland Archives, Zeeuws Genootschap, Zelandia Illustrata, dl III, nr 988.

Let’s celebrate June 9

International Archives Day 2016 #IAD16 is coming up! Like every year Follow An Archive and Ask Archivists organize a celebration event on Twitter.
With the celebration event we join the June 9 theme ‘Archives, Harmony and Friendship‘ of the International Council on Archives (ICA).
The theme of the annual Twitter event will be #archivesrock. It’s about music in archives.

Archives rock

Music makes a perfect match with the ICA theme ‘Archives, Harmony and Friendship’!
Remember the song ‘Ebony and Ivory’, a 1982 number-one single by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder?
“Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony | Side by side on my piano…”.
It contains music and lyrics worth to keep in an archive, performed by two friends singing and playing together in perfect harmony!
So let archives rock on June 9, International Archives Day, and contribute to Friendship and Harmony!

How can you let archives rock?

  • Music performances and/or instruments on photographs, engravings, paintings, etc.
  • Music scores and/or sheet music
  • Books about music
  • Soundtracks, video, film, etc.
  • List of archives and collections about music
  • Portraits of composers and musicians
  • Records, which that tell about composers, musicians and “musical” institutions

The sound of archives

  • Make any kind of noise in an archive depot
  • Rustle with paper
  • Close the heavy door of the archive depot
  • Turn the wheels of the shelves
  • Put an archival document in/out an archives box
  • Type an inventory list
  • Record the silence of the reading room

Be a musician yourself and/or with others

  • Sing and/or play music in harmony with your colleagues and/or visitors
  • Invite children/adults to sing with you in the archive
  • Organize a musical event, tape it and put it on Twitter
  • ….or do a flashmob?

Music in archives, sounds in archives, it’s all possible to make #archivesrock on June 9!

Your contribution, your choice

And finally – your contribution could naturally also be musical documents of huge importance and great archival beauty.
It is your choice, and we look forward to your contribution.

Join International Archives Day on Twitter!

We hope lots of archives, archivists and all people who love archives will join.
Let us show together how music can make the world a harmonious place to live together in friendship and how archives play a vital part in documenting the history of music.

Other platforms

Twitter is the main platform for the event, but you can do #archivesrock on most other platforms too. Show of your sheetmusic on Instagram, take the opportunity to test the new Facebook Live video featuring archival sound, write a blogpost… but be sure to to tweet about it:-)

#IAD16 and #archivesrock

If you wish to join, make a comment below stating your Twitter handle as “reply” to this post. And on June 9th. post your content to relevant platforms – blogs, flickr, instagram, your website, etc. – and tweet about it using the combination of two tags: #IAD16 #archivesrock.

Organization

This Twitter event #IAD16 #archivesrock is organized by Follow An Archive and Ask Archivists, managed by Charlotte S H Jensen (Denmark) and Anneke van Waarden-Koets (The Netherlands).
The idea for the theme ‘the sound of archives’ came from the German archivist Thomas Wolf. We added music, mixed it with the sound of archives, and here it is, especially for all our archives friends: a harmonious theme to celebrate International Archives Day: #archivesrock!

Charlotte and Anneke

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Entry of baptism for the world-famous Danish composer Niels Wilhelm Gade, 1817. He was co-founder of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he became the first Director General. In 1854 he wrote a “weddingwaltz” for a play and didn´t think much of it. But even today, it is used at almost every Danish wedding and silver/gold wedding aniversary.

Deze tekst is op 20 april 2016 gepubliceerd op het weblog van Ask Archivists en op het weblog van Follow An Archive.

Een Nederlandse tekst over #archivesrock op #IAD16 staat op mijn blog op Archief 2.0.

De Zeelandbrug

14 december 2015

 

Zeelandbrug, 13-08-2009. Foto: Anneke van Waarden-Koets

Zeelandbrug. Je kunt er overheen en ook er onderdoor.

 

Op 15 december 2015 is het 50 jaar geleden dat de Oosterscheldebrug werd geopend door H.M. Koningin Juliana. Pas op 13 april 1967 kreeg de brug zijn officiële naam: Zeelandbrug.

Zolang ik me kan herinneren bestaat de brug. Volgens de overlevering ben ik ook met de veerpont van Kats naar Zierikzee gevaren maar dat weet ik niet meer, of ik moet het in mijn geheugen hebben gemixt met de veerpont van Kruiningen naar Perkpolder. Er was altijd wel een veerpont naar een overkant. In veel familieverhalen spelen veerponten een rol. En ook bruggen en dammen.

De Zeelandbrug staat voor mij synoniem met vakantiegevoel. Als we de brug over waren begon de vakantie op Schouwen-Duiveland. De Zeelandbrug staat ook voor verbinding. Verbinding tussen overkanten, verbinding tussen mensen, samenwerken, ontmoeten. Daarom heb ik indertijd de Zeelandbrug gekozen als header voor mijn twitteraccount. Omdat de Zeelandbrug nu 50 jaar bestaat heb ik ook de header van mijn weblog aangepast. Hoera voor de jarige Zeelandbrug!

Dag van nationale rouw

23 juli 2014

Woorden van troost - Augustinus

Archivaris of gestaalde partizaan?

20 juli 2014

In NRC Handelsblad van 19/20 juli 2014 stond een artikel van redacteur Hubert Smeets over Igor (Girkin) Strelkov (Igor de Schutter) die zich op sociale media heeft uitgelaten over het neerhalen van het vliegtuig MH17 van Malaysia Airlines uit het luchtruim boven Oost-Oekraïne op donderdag 17 juli 2014, waarbij alle inzittenden om het leven zijn gekomen. Een intens verdrietige gebeurtenis die vele mensen in diepe rouw heeft gedompeld.

In dat artikel omschrijft Smeets deze Strelkov als volgt:
“Een boekenwurm uit Moskou, die zich Igor de Schutter noemt (…)”. En even verderop: “En dat wegens een 43-jarige man die zelfs in zijn gevechtstuniek meer lijkt op een archivaris dan op een gestaalde partizaan. Wat trouwens klopt. Igor Girkin – zo heet Strelkov eigenlijk – is een krijgshistoricus die het verleden weer tot leven wil brengen.”  Ik vind het een nogal tendentieus artikel dat bol staat van de stereotypische beschrijvingen van diverse personen.

Het stoorde me dat de heer Smeets deze Strelkov associeert met een archivaris en zijn typering bevestigt door te stellen dat die associatie klopt omdat Strelkov een krijgshistoricus is. Laat ik dan die laatste stelling meteen ontkrachten: een archivaris hoeft niet persé een (krijgs)historicus te zijn, en een (krijgs)historicus is niet per definitie een archivaris. De typering van Strelkov als archivaris zou te maken kunnen hebben met het beeld dat Smeets heeft van een archivaris. Tja… als ik in de spiegel kijk, zie ik toch echt iets heel anders. Maar misschien heb ik al die jaren niet goed gekeken. Ik zal nog eens een poging wagen.

Ik vond na het lezen van dit artikel dat ik Hubert Smeets best om opheldering kon vragen:

 

 

Daarop ontspon zich de volgende discussie:

 

 

Ik weet niet of Igor (Girkin) Strelkov meer lijkt op een archivaris dan op een gestaalde partizaan. Hoe ziet een gestaalde partizaan er eigenlijk uit? Gaat het om het figuur, gaat het om wat hij/zij uitstraalt, gaat het om zijn/haar houding: hoe hij/zij staat, loopt, zit, ligt? Als je via Google zoekt op ‘partizaan’, zie je deze verscheidenheid aan beelden. Ook een zoekactie met ‘archivaris’ als zoekwoord levert een gevarieerd beeld op.

Ik was benieuwd of collega’s dit artikel ook hadden gelezen en gereageerd. Ik kon er eentje vinden: van @HerenVanBorculo, archivaris uit de Achterhoek:

 

 

Omdat ik medebeheerder ben van de Twitteraccounts @Archief20, @FollowAnArchive en @AskArchivists, kan ik Smeets’ spijtbetuiging “aan alle archivarissen aller landen” zonder enige moeite doorgeven. Maar ik weet niet wat hem spijt: dat hij geschreven heeft dat Strelkov “meer lijkt op [een] archivaris dan op [een] gestaalde partizaan”, om de heer Smeets’ eigen woorden uit zijn tweet te gebruiken, of dat híj vindt dat Strelkov meer lijkt op een archivaris dan op een gestaalde partizaan?  Dus ik volsta ermee het vast te leggen op mijn blog en ga nog eens héél goed in de spiegel kijken. Misschien zie ik wel een gestaalde partizaan!

Archiefcongres in Stuttgart

6 april 2014

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In Stuttgart

Vorige week was ik in Stuttgart voor het archiefcongres Offene Archive 2.1 in het Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg/Hauptstaatsarchiv.
Dat staat in de Konrad Adenauerstrasse aan de ‘cultuurboulevard’: maar liefst vier grote culturele instellingen op een rijtje naast elkaar: de Staatsgalerie, het Haus der Geschichte, de Landesbibliotheek en het Staatsarchiv. En daarachter is de Archivstrasse. Ingmar Koch heeft in zijn weblog over zijn presentatie tijdens het archiefcongres een foto van het straatnaambordje opgenomen.

Offene Archive 2.1

Op 4 april mocht ik een presentatie houden over de internationale Twitter Initiatieven @FollowAnArchive en @AskArchivists, waarvan Charlotte Jensen uit Denemarken en ik beheerder zijn. In de weken ervoor had ik een biografie gemaakt en een abstract van mijn presentatie.

Presentatie

Hieronder is de presentatie opgenomen. Ik had de tekst uitgeschreven omdat spreken in een andere taal best lastig is om dat uit je hoofd te doen. Aan het Duits heb ik me niet gewaagd omdat ik iets beter (school)Engels kan dan (school)Duits, en ook omdat de voertaal van @FollowAnArchive en @AskArchivists Engels is. Bijna alle afbeeldingen zijn aanklikbaar voor meer achtergrondinformatie. De volledige uitgesproken tekst staat onder de presentatie.

 

 

Tekst (Engels)

1.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen! Dear colleagues, first I would like to thank you for inviting me to speak at your conference about Open Archives 2.1. Also on behalf of Charlotte Jensen from Denmark, my ‘partner in crime’, I am very honoured, you have asked me to talk about the global Twitter Initiatives @FollowAnArchive and @Ask Archivists. I hope it is all right with you that I speak in English. I can understand and speak German, but English suits better with the subject of my presentation, because the main language of both Twitter Initiatives is English.

But before I start the presentation, I would like to ask you some questions: Who heard from, or read about #followanarchive and #askarchivists before the program of this conference was published? Who follows @FollowAnArchive and/or @AskArchivists on Twitter? And, the final question: who joined one of the Twitter events organized by Follow An Archive and Ask Archivists? Thank you!

2.
I am going to tell you something about the past and the future of @FollowAnArchive and @AskArchivists. Let’s start with a little video. This is the first official Follow An Archive movie to draw attention to #followanarchive Day on November 2012, 2010.

3.
But…, how did it all began? Well…, everything starts with an idea. In this case, the idea came up at the same time in two differend countries, because of an other global event: #followamuseum Day.

4.
The first #followamuseum Day was started by Jim Richardson in 2010 and has since than been celebrated on Twitter every 1st of February. Museums tweet that day about there collections and exhibitions.

5.
“Such a great initiative, #followamuseum on Twitter. Why not #followanarchive?!” ‘Two souls, one thought…’, we say in Dutch. In English the proverb is: ‘Great minds think alike’. I like that one too😉

6.
In The Netherlands, it started because of a tweet by DEN (Digital Heritage Organisation) on February 1st. The question asked by DEN was: “Is it nice or odd, when you follow a museum and it follows you back?” I retweeted that tweet and launched the idea about organizing a #followanarchive Day.

7.
At the same time, also because of #followamuseum Day, Charlotte in Denmark thought it would be great to organize a #followanarchive Day. She started a poll on the archives blog Arkivformidling. She asked: “Which day would be the best for #followanarchive?” Most votes were for a weekday, later that year.

8.
Meanwhile, I started discussions on my own weblog Wat Van Waarden Is and on the online Dutch archivists community, Archief 2.0. One of the best advises was: don’t ask, don’t think to long, just do it! Start, and others will follow. And indeed, it does work like that on social media. Do you have an idea? Don’t ask, don’t wait, just do it.
Via the hashtag #followanarchive, Charlotte and I came in contact with each other. That was the beginning of a fruitful cooperation!

9.
Charlotte wrote a blogpost on the Dänisch archives blog Arkivformidling: ”Shall we have a #followanarchive Day on Twitter?”
After a while we could set a date: November 12, 2010. Easy to remember: 10-11-12 and 12-11-10.

10.
After we had set a date, we created a Twitter account. Ofcourse with a lot of archives in boxes on shelves to follow!

11.
And we started a weblog, to organize #followanarchive Day.
But there is more to do.

12.
Things to do before starting a global event whith not (yet) so many archives on Twitter: Write blogposts, Do (video) interviews, Promote on social media, Make lists of archives on Twitter in several parts of the world, Design QR-code, banner, sticker, poster, etc., Make a movie (you have seen it), Create a Twitter fountain, Start archiving tool (at that time: Twapperkeeper), we also created a Twubspage, Give suggestions about subjects to tweet about, Start a Facebook Page, Etc.

13.
Eventualy the first #followanarchive Day was organized by Charlotte Jensen en Bente Jensen from Denmark and Poulus Bliek and myself from The Netherlands. We were supported by several archivists and librarians in both countries.

14.
On November 12 #followanarchive Day started! Most participating archives were from Australia, Western-Europe and the United States of America. But also South-Africa, Latin-America and Israel joined.
Here you see some quotes of tweets on #followanarchive Day. A great tweet came from Australia: “The records we hold, tell the stories of who we are, where we came from and how we got there.”

15.
We conducted a little survey that day. Participants in several countries filled in the survey. Most of them were 1 or 2 years on Twitter.

16.
Most of the respondents discovered new archives or archivists to follow and got more followers themselves. Most respondents participated both as part of their jobs and in spare time. Not so many respondents found it a benefit to interact with their users…

17.
Question 5 was: Did you miss something (open question)? None of the respondents answered that question.
The last question was: Would you like to do more Twitter events? The answer was: YES, we will! We combined 20/16 and 26/28 and made it our next goal: organize an #askarchivists Day. Our inspiration was #askacurator Day, an event for cultural heritage organizations.

18.
The result: a Twitter account @AskArchivists. This presentation was made a few days ago. We had that time 4,975 followers. This morning we had 4,496 followers… Can we make it in Germany 5,000? Who of you will be the 5,000st follower? [5000st follower, one of the congress members, within 5 minutes… Great!]

19.
The same preparations were made for #askarchivists Day as for #followanarchive Day: such as create a Twitter account, start a Blog, make a Twubspage, QR-code, posters, stickers, banners, and several animations. And lots of colleagues wrote posts on their own weblogs or posted announcements on their websites. We were so happy with so many help to pay attention to the event!

20.
We went everywhere to spread the word about June 9, 2011, even in Second Live! Charlotte joined a lecture about Social Media and Archives by Christian van der Ven on Second Life, and advertised for #askarchivists Day.
About 140 archives and (independant) archivists all over the world registered themselves on the blog of Ask Archivists to join the event.

21.
Three warming up video’s were made by Charlotte: one about exemples of what to ask, one about where you can find the answers on tough questions (in the archives ofcourse), and one to undust the image of archives, because we know: “archives rock” and “archivists are the coolest people ever!” (quotes of tweets on #followanarchive Day).

22.
So, on June 9, 2011, #askarchivists Day started. First in Japan, New Zealand and Australia, and later that day in other parts of the world. Lots of questions were asked about digitization, digital born archives and preservation of digital records. And you see some quotes of tweets. #askarchivists Day was wanted! One of the participants tweeted: “Wow, thank you all so much for responding! I’m so glad I stumbled upon #AskArchivists. I’ve been wanting to ask questions for ages!”

23.
Again we conducted a little survey. A 100 participants of 21 countries answerd the questions. Comparing with the Follow An Archive survey, now more archives/archivists were longer than 2 years on Twitter.

24.
And again most archivists tweeted both as part of their jobs and in their spare time.
We noticed archivists liked connecting with other archives professionals. And again, they found discovering new archives/archivists to follow, more important than interact with their users.

25.
Most archives professionals answered 1-5 questions that day, and some didn’t even answer 1 question. Most questions were about the collections and, very hopefull: how to become an archivist! Not many questions about genealogy were answered.

26.
Most archivists answered general questions as well as specific questions. And most participants were more enthousiastic about doing an #askarchivists Day again, rather than organizing a #followanarchive Day.

27.
So, after this outcome, we organized in 2012 and 2013 a Twitter event on International Archives Day, June 9. And we will this year!

28.
Allthough a tweet day about a specific historical subject was not very popular in the survey, we organized it anyway🙂 And it worked out well!
On Valentine’s Day 2012 we organized #loveheritage. Many archives surched and found lots of love in their collections.

29.
On International Archives Day, June 9, 2012, we organized a Twitter event to draw attention to archives and their collections. The event had no specific theme. Archives tweeted about special documents, special visitors, special stories, etc., in their collections. Some of them used Storify and others used Pinterest to archive the documents they had tweeted.

30.
Here we see an infographic “Life of hashtag #archday12” The first peak of the hashtag #archday12 was on June 5.

31.
The second peak of the hashtag #archday12, was on June 9, even as the last peak.

32.
We couldn’t get enough of it…
On World Animal Day, October 4, 2012, we organized the Twitter event #heritagebeasts. Participants discovered lots of animals in their depots. Even some famous historical animals started tweeting themselves, especially for #heritagebeasts!
For the events #loveheritage and #heritagebeasts, we invited also other heritage organizations to join.

33.
Leading up to International Archives Day 2013, we tried to get Google’s attention to create an #archivesdoodle. The activity showed fun – and very archival – doodles. According to tweetreach, the tag had 45,280 impressions. The estimated tweet reach was 17,519.
Unfortunately, it did not work out. Imagine how much attention the possibilities in archives of the world could get, if an archives doodle came to Google. Maybe later?
The idea is still good… and at least it has shown some creativity in archives🙂
These archievs doodles were created by: Charlotte Jensen, Bradley Headland and Thomas Wolf.

34.
On June 9, 2013, we organised an event on Twitter because of International Archives Day. The German archivist Thomas Wolf from SIWI-Archives, came up with the idea to pay attention archives in need, also regarding the colapsed building and destroyed documents of the ciry archive in Cologne. A great idea, so we organized a global event: #savearchives. We learned that day, a lot of archives need our attention and our support! But, fortunately, there were also good stories to tell about saved archives.

35.
Now, International Archives Day 2014 is comong up!
In 2014 June 9 falls on Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday. Most archives are closed that day. So we decided to organize the annual Twitter event on Tuesday, June 10. Again Thomas Wolf came up with a good idea: let’s pay attention to the First World War or Great War, that began 100 years ago in 1914.

36.
So we ask all archives to search their collections for documents related to the First World War 1914-1918. Even countries that were neutral during the Great War, can perhaps find some records about, for instance, aid to refugees, or military or financial support to soldiers, families, countries in need. Other possibilities are documents of/about: Soldiers, Families and loved ones of soldiers, Battlefields, Refugees, Aid/Support, Governments, Weapons, Mobilisation, Diseases, War cemeteries, etc. Everything about history before, during, after 1914-1918, related to the Great War.

37.
So please, feel welcome to join the next global archives event on Twitter, organized by Follow An Archive and Ask Archivists.
Ofcourse other heritage organizations are most welcome to join!
Tweet about World War I in your collections, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #WW1archives.
Charlotte and I are looking forward meeting you again on Twitter!

Thank you very much.

Anneke van Waarden-Koets
Zeeuws Archief, The Netherlands
Invitation to join the global Twitter event for archives about The Great War in archives, on June 10, 2014.

More information about the global Twitter event you will find on the blogs of Follow An Archive and Ask Archivists.

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More information about the conference Offene Archive 2.1 in Stuttgart, 3-4 April 2014

Pictures taken during the conference Offene Archive 2.1 in Stuttgart

Twitterwall on 3-4 April with hashtag #archive20

Blogposts in April 2014 on Archive 2.0 about video talks during the conference Offene Archive 2.1

Video  of the talk about @FollowAnArchive and @AskArchivists on Archive 2.0.

Kerstgroet 2013

25 december 2013

kerstoverdenking 2013

Ik wens iedereen goede kerstdagen toe.
Anneke

In het hart een citaat uit een gedicht van William Wordsworth (1770-1850):
The Excursion, Book ninth – Discourse of the wanderer, and an evening visit to the lake (1814)

International Archives Day 2013 dedicated to archives in need

5 juni 2013

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On of the first pictures of the destroyed city archives of Cologne. Author: F. Domahs, 2009.

 

Archives are a fantastic resource for us all. They help us grow in knowledge and understanding of past and present. They empower us to investigate the history we need and the stories we care about. Archives are necessary.

But not all archives are well

On March 3 2009, the city archives of Cologne, Germany collapsed, and with it thousands of documents belonging to one of the oldest city archives in Europe. Holdings reached back to 1408/09 and the oldest document stored was from 922. A huge part of the archives was buried by the collaps. Aabout 40.000 charters, collection of photo and film as well as some of the iconic medieval documents and a collection of seals were saved.

To rebuild or not to be rebuild?

But although part of the collections have been saved, the municipality has recently decided to freeze the build of a new city archives. A decision, which has been critized by both the German Association of Archivists (VdA) as well as ICA, the International Council on Archives.

The archives in Cologne can be supported in different ways, among others this petition.

Let’s support all archives in need

But we are almost certain, that there are a lot of archives in the world, which also need attention. Archives threatened by for instance consequences of climate change, lack of appropriate facilities or other negative influences.

#savearchives on June 9

So, on June 9th support the archives in Cologne – and all other archives in need. Tweet about them using the hashtag #savearchives, include blogposts, articles and petitions. Ask Archivists an Follow An Archive will gather links on the weblog of Ask Archivists blog and summarize.

Hopefully our attention and support can help #savearchives!

 

Source: weblog Ask Archivists en weblog Follow An Archive