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February 5th - 6th 2013 : "When archiving gets digital... "

On February 5th and 6th 2013, the National Archives and the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France organize a conference about digital archiving, intended for a French as well as an international audience.

During these meetings, archivists from the public sector (…) as well as from private companies (…) will talk about the way they concretely deal with digital archiving. To get a wider international view, the Swiss federal Archives have been invited to come and expose their own methods and approaches.

The purpose of this conference is not only to share some experiences about conceiving, implementing or using ERMS, but also to focus on the consequences of such practices : the need for archivists to adapt their methods and proceedings, and even to redesign some fundamental archiving concepts.

As the National Archives and the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been working together on the development of a historical archive-oriented ERMS, VITAM (Valuable Items Transferred to Archives for Memory), this conference will be held on the sites of the two institutions :

  • on February 5th, at the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in La Courneuve ;
  • on February 6th, at the French National Archives, in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, in their brand new building.

When archiving gets digital...
By promoting a debate on material conditions and theorical implications of such a(n) (r)evolution, the National Archives and the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France want to claim their own belief that digital archiving is one of the biggest issues for XXIst century archivists.


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