Association of Canadian Archivists—University of British Columbia

International Seminar and Symposium:
The Law of Unintended Consequences: The Right to Be Forgotten, the Duty to Remember

9-11 February 2011, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Inspired by current issues in social media, the web, and mobile communications, which are producing a documentary heritage quite different from the traditional one, the Association of Canadian Archivists UBC Student Chapter (ACA@UBC) organized a seminar and symposium aimed at opening an interdisciplinary dialogue among the custodians of the world documentary heritage about the preservation of its newest forms and expressions. The topic, "The Law of Unintended Consequences: The right to be forgotten, the duty to remember," was relevant to a wide and diverse audience including, but not limited to, archivists and librarians, other information specialists, historians, computer scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists and anyone interested in heritage and memory. In particular, we openly discussed topics pertinent to social media, the Web, and mobile communications, and their preservation, privacy matters as well as other ethical and legal issues.

Seminar Presentations

Wednesday, February 9 - Open to UBC Students and Faculty only, 9:00-5:00, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

  1. The Right to be Forgotten / The Duty to Remember: The Indian and Inuit Affairs Sous-fonds at Library and Archives Canada
    Marnie Burnham and Ewa Piorko, Library and Archives Canada
  2. The Archives of Politicians: The Greek Case
    Marietta Minotos, National Archives of Greece
  3. Information Management in Swedish Organizations
    Karen Anderson, Mid Sweden University
Thursday, February 10 - Open to UBC Students and Faculty only, 9:00-5:00, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  1. Silence No Longer
    Agnes Jonker, Universiteit van Amsterdam/Archiefschool
  2. Social You: How Your Next Text Could Be A Pretext
    Joseph Zaccaria, University of Washington
  3. Digital Preservation
    Seamus Ross, University of Toronto
  4. Archival Quality and Long-Term Preservation: Research to Validate the Usefulness of Digital Surrogates
    Paul Conway, University of Michigan

Symposium Presentations

Friday, February 11 - Open to general public and UBC students, 9:00-5:00, Golden Jubilee Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  1. Welcome Addresses
    Geraldine Pratt, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, The University of British Columbia
    Luciana Duranti, Chair and Professor, Archival Studies, SLAIS, The University of British Columbia
    Ellie Kim, ACA@UBC Coordinator
  2. Diversity in Expression, Diversity in Representation: Automation and Experimentation in Digital Preservation
    Seamus Ross, Dean, iSchool, University of Toronto
  3. General State Archives of Greece: Our Access Policy
    Marietta Minotos, Director of General State Archives, National Archives of Greece
  4. The Past that Wasn't
    Agnes Jonker, Senior Lecturer/Archivist, Universiteit van Amsterdam/Archiefschool
  5. Recall or Re-use? How Do Perceived Purposes for Keeping Records Influence Professional Strategies?
    Karen Anderson, Professor, Mid Sweden University
  6. The Noise of the Archives: Oblivion in the Age of Total Recall [presentation] / [paper]
    Jean-François Blanchette, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Studies University of California, Los Angeles
  7. Forensic Readiness and the Challenges of the Cloud
    Barbara Endicott-Popovsky and Kirsten Ferguson-Boucher, Director, Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, University of Washington / Lecturer, Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University
  8. Building and Using Digital Collections: Confronting Causality, Control, and the Impact of Digital Remembering
    Paul Conway, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
  9. The Directive on Recordkeeping and Appraisal at LAC
    Jana Buhlmann, Regional Project Archivist, Library and Archives Canada
  10. The Digital Recordkeeping Continuum in the Government of Canada
    Ewa Piorko, Acting Manager, Regional Archival Program, Pacific Regional Service Centre Library and Archives Canada
  11. Closing Remarks

Symposium Speaker Biographies

Karen Anderson
Karen Anderson is a professor in the School of Information Technology and Media at Mid Sweden University. Since 2006, she has been an advisory board member of the International Centre for Archives and Records Management Research and User Studies at University College London (ICARUS). She is also a board member of both the Preservation Organizations Using Tools in Agent Environments (PROTAGE) and MEMORNET: The Finnish Research Education Network on the Society's Memory Functions. Anderson is the Editor-in-Chief of Archival Science and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Information Systems and Archives and Manuscripts and the Journal of the Australian Society of Archivists.

Jean–François Blanchette
Jean–François Blanchette is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained his PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Science and Technology Studies. His dissertation was "'Dematerializing' written proof: French evidence law, cryptography, and the global politics of authenticity." As a post-doctorate fellow for the InterPARES 2 Project, Blanchette studied electronic signature technologies. His current research interests include digital preservation, digital signatures, cryptography and data retention, and the social value of forgetting.

Jana Buhlmann
Jana Buhlmann received a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Regina and a Master of Archival Studies degree from the The University of British Columbia. She currently is an Archivist with Library and Archives Canada.

Marnie Burnham
Marnie Burnham is the Manager of the Natural Resources and Regional Records Section of the Government Records Branch at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Burnham began her career at LAC in 1998 as an archivist in the Pacific Regional Service Centre. She has held her current position since 2007, and is responsible for coordinating a team of archivists and paraprofessionals who manage those portions of LAC's archival holdings maintained outside of the National Capital Region and delivering services to Federal clients and the public via LAC's facilities in Halifax, Winnipeg and Burnaby. She has a masters degree in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia (1996).

Paul Conway
Paul Conway is an associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. His research encompasses the digitization of cultural heritage resources, particularly photographic archives, the use of digitized resources by experts in a variety of humanities contexts, and the measurement of image and text quality in large-scale digitization programs. He has extensive research, teaching and administrative experience in the archives and preservation fields, and has made major contributions over the past 30 years to the literature on archival users and use, preservation management, and digital imaging technologies. He has held positions at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (1977-87; 1989-92), the Society of American Archivists (1988-89), Yale University (1992-2001), and Duke University (2001-06). In 2005, Conway received the American Library Association's Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award for his contributions to the preservation field. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Barbara Endicott–Popovsky
Barbara Endicott–Popovsky is the Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC) at the University of Washington, an NSA/DHS Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research. As Director for the CIAC, Endicott–Popovsky is responsible for facilitating the direction and development of the Center. Her research interests include enterprise–wide information systems security and compliance management, forensic–ready networks, the science of digital forensics and integrating secure coding practices.

Kirsten Ferguson–Boucher
Kirsten Ferguson–Boucher is a lecturer at Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK. She is Module Coordinator for on and off campus post-graduate courses in Records Management and Digital Records and is developing new modules in Compliance, Law and Ethics; Digital Preservation and Information Assurance, the latter in partnership with the University of Washington. She is programme advisor for the MScEcon in Records and Information Management (RiM) and the MScEcon in Information Governance and Assurance (IGA). Her current research falls into four areas: digital forensics and information assurance; cloud computing and governance; accountability in the digital workplace, and the role and purpose of conceptual modeling in describing organisational and individual behaviour.

Agnes Jonker
Agnes Jonker is a senior lecturer in the Archiefschool at the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the education network of archival educators for NW European countries (NAET) and was a researcher on Team the Netherlands for the InterPARES 1 Project. She was an organizing committee member for the 2010 international conference titled "Archives Without Borders." Jonker is also a member of the Section of Professional Associations of the International Council on Archives (ICA/SPA). She was on the editorial board of the KVAN annual journal regarding appraisal and selection for 2005 and 2012, as well as Auditing in 2011. Jonker's recently published article, "Het zwijgen van archieven," which means "archives and silence," represents her current research interest in the area of memory vs. archives.

Marietta Minotos
Marietta Minotos is the Director of the General State Archives at the National Archives of Greece. She serves as the Chair of the Section of Archives and Archivists of Parliaments and Political Parties (SPP) on the executive board of the International Council on Archives (ICA). Minotos also represents Greece at the European Archives Group.

Ewa Piorko
Ewa Piorko works as an archivist for Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in the Pacific Regional Service Centre. Ewa has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia in European Studies and a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from Dalhousie University. Prior to joining LAC, she worked most recently at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology as the technical services coordinator, as a librarian at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she oversaw the libraries in Chicago, London and Singapore, and as a media librarian and radio archivist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her research interests include organizational information behaviour and user studies.

Seamus Ross
Seamus Ross is the Dean of the Faculty of Information of the University of Toronto. Ross is best described as having a passion for research in the areas of preserving cultural heritage and scientific digital objects, humanities informatics, and the application of information technology to libraries, archives and museums. From 1997, he was the Founding Director of the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), at the University of Glasgow, and Professor of Humanities Informatics and Digital Curation. Since 2004, Ross had also been the Associate Director of the United Kingdom's Digital Curation Centre. Ross earned his BA from Vassar College, his MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and his DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Joe Zaccaria
Joe Zaccaria has served for several years now as an Adjunct Lecturer for the University of Washington's Cyber Security and Information Assuredness program, where he lectures on Risk Assessment Methodology. He previously served as Security and Business Continuity Manager for E-Comm 911, British Columbia's regional 911 and Operations Communication Centre (OCC). Joe completed the criminalistics (forensic science) program at the Community College of RI (CCRI), and the CPTED Certification Program at the National Crime Prevention Institute (NCPI) at the University of Louisville.

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