Archive und Kunst: Arnold Dreyblatt "The Wunderblock"

The Wunderblock from Arnold Dreyblatt on Vimeo.

„table, chair, TFT display, computer, 2000

In 1925, Freud wrote a text that compares the faculty of memory to a child’s toy known as a Wunderblock. It consists of a wax slab stretched with cellophane, upon which a text may be inscribed, and just as readily erased by lifting the cellophane layer up and away from the wax slab.

In contrast to Freud’s model, in which the pressure of the act of inscription onto the cellophane surface continues in the direction of the underlying layer of wax, in ‚The Wunderblock‘, the original selection and entry of data has been concluded in the past. The movement originates from ROM and is held in RAM, before travelling up towards the surface.

Quite independently of our own states of presence or absence, the installation searches and inscribes autonomously. One has the impression that the underlying textual sources can never be perceived in their entirety. Because the many texts fragments are inscribed and erased simultaneously, one can read a given fragment only with difficulty before it vanishes. The model of memory demonstrated here is at once highly unstable, fragmentary, incomplete, perishable and ephemeral.

The sentence fragments appearing and disappearing on the screen describe a process of finding and loss, safeguarding and destruction.

Texts from: Sigmund Freud, Notiz über den `Wunderblock‘, Wien 1925; A Glossary for Archivists, The Society of American Archivists, Chicago 1992
Software: Alexandr Krestovskij
Exhibited:
Galerie Anselm Dreher, 2000
Art Forum, Berlin, 2000
Gemäldegalerie, 2001
Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, 2003
Kunstverein Hannover, 2003
Jewish Museum, Frankfurt am Main, 2005 „

Archive und Kunst: Arnold Dreyblatt "The T-Documents"

The T documents from Arnold Dreyblatt on Vimeo.

„84 facsimile archival documents, 1992

‚The T Documents‘ is one of a number of related works derived from over 4,000 intelligence documents from State Archives in Europe and North America from the inter-war period which have been collected by the artist.

These documents reveal the life of ‚T‘., (b. 1879 Paks, Hungary – d. 1943 Shanghai, China), a forgotten Central European historical figure whose multiple identities span three continents (Europe, North America and Asia) and touch on many of the most important events of the pre-war period. The collection contains daily reports and correspondances between 1915 and 1943, forming a vast communication network in which the official traces and observations of the individual are cross-referenced to historical events, international personalities and geographic locations.

In the installation ‚The T Documents‘, the artist’s personal selection of 84 original archive documents have been digitized and faked by specially developed printing techniques applied to the reverse side of postwar East German archival pages, posing question about the identity of both the subject’s personality and the authenticity of the documents themselves. The documents are displayed in chronological order in transparent envelopes hanging on metal hooks. Selected excerpts are translated and typed in German on small strips of paper which has been inserted into the envelopes.

In related works, thousands of documents have been entered into a database and are displayed by computer projection. A realization for the World Wide Web has been prepared in collaboration with the University of Lüneburg, Department of Cultural Studies.

Sources: The Public Record Office and The British Library, London; The National Archives, Washington, D.C.; Bundesarchiv Koblenz; Politisches Archiv des Auswärtigen Amts, Bonn, etc.
Exhibited:
Galerie Ozwei, Berlin, 1992
Kulturfabrik Kampnagel, Hamburg, 1995
Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel; Marstall, Munich, 1995
Arken Museum for Modern Art, Cultural Capital of Europe, Copenhagen, 1996
Hudobné simulakrá. Jozef Cseres, Bratislava 2001
Jewish Museum, Frankfurt am Main, 2005
Gallery e/static, Torino, 2007“

s. a. http://btva.uni-lueneburg.de/T_Netz/petal/project_en/project.htm

Crowdsourcing-Projekt des Stadsarchief Amsterdam:

Over het project

Vele handen van archieven én gebruikers
Uit het succes van de Archiefbank van het Stadsarchief Amsterdam blijkt overduidelijk: willen we met onze archieven ECHT het grote publiek bereiken, dan moet alles gescand en geïndexeerd, en liefst ook nog getranscribeerd en vertaald worden. Om dat te betalen zou zelfs een veelvoud van de budgetten van de archieven nog niet toereikend zijn. Zoveel uren werk krijgen we alleen voor elkaar als we op heel grote schaal gaan samenwerken: de archieven én de gebruikers!

Crowdsourcing
Om te onderzoeken hoe archieven en gebruikers online kunnen samenwerken om de archieven beter toegankelijk te maken heeft het Stadsarchief Amsterdam het project ‘Vele handen’ opgezet. Binnen dit project willen we een platform creëren waar alle Nederlandse archieven hun scans kunnen aanbieden om te laten indexeren en waar alle gebruikers van archieven hun steentje kunnen bijdragen aan het toegankelijk maken in ruil voor het plezier, de contacten, de informatie, de eer, scantegoed en wat we nog meer kunnen bedenken.

Eerste Pilot: Militieregisters
Om heel Nederland aan het indexeren te krijgen moeten we beginnen met archieven die ook voor heel Nederland van belang zijn. Als eerste pilot is gekozen voor de Militieregisters. Maar er kunnen straks gemakkelijk meerdere archiefbestanden tegelijkertijd worden geïndexeerd, zodat iedereen iets kan kiezen binnen zijn belangstelling en moeilijkheidsgraad.

Subsidie van de Mondriaan Stichting en het VSB Fonds

Omdat dit een project is dat streeft naar grootschalige actieve participatie van burgers en daardoor bijdraagt aan groei van de bewustwording van geschiedenis en cultuur krijgen we subsidie van De Mondriaan Stichting en het VSB-fonds.

Deelnemers

* Stadsarchief Amsterdam
Levert de militieregisters van de gemeente Amsterdam:
– Alfabetische naamlijsten uit de periode 1828-1861.
– Lotingsregisters uit de periode 1863-1940.
* Noord-Hollands Archief
Levert de militieregisters van de provincie Noord-Holland (exclusief Amsterdam):
– Alfabetische naamlijsten en Lotingsregisters uit de periode 1870-1941.
* Archief Eemland
Levert de militieregisters van verschillende gemeenten in de regio Amersfoort/Eemland.
* Het Utrechts Archief
Levert de militieregisters van de provincie en de gemeente Utrecht.“

Link: http://militieregisters.nl

Bletchley Park Archiv der britischen Kryptoanalytiker wird digitalisiert

„Das Archiv der britischen Militärdienststelle in Bletchley Park wird digitalisiert und online zugänglich gemacht. Die dort arbeitenden Kryptoanalytiker, darunter Alan Turing, hatten im Zweiten Weltkrieg die deutsche Funkkommunikation entschlüsselt. Die Arbeit der Dienststelle war auch lange nach dem Krieg streng geheim.
Die Bletchley Park Stiftung will die Archive der ehemaligen Militärdienststelle Bletchley Park digitalisieren und online verfügbar machen, berichtet die BBC. Der Hardwarehersteller Hewlett-Packard (HP) unterstützt das Projekt, indem er Scanner zur Verfügung stellt. ….
Simon Greenish, Leiter des Bletchley Park Trust, wollte die Bestände der ehemaligen Militärdienststelle schon seit längerem digitalisieren und der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich machen. Bisher fehlte jedoch das Geld. Die Zusage von HP, dafür eine Reihe von Scannern zu spenden und technisches Personal zur Verfügung zu stellen, mache das jetzt möglich, sagte er. HP beziffert die Kosten auf mehrere zehntausend Euro.
Zu den gescannten Dokumenten gehören unter anderem Transkripte der deutschen Funksprüche, Berichte oder Fotos aus der Zeit des Krieges. Greenish rechnet damit, dass das gesamte Projekt etwa fünf Jahre in Anspruch nehmen wird. Erste Dokumente könnten aber schon früher online abrufbar sein. Ein Teil der Dokumente soll kostenlos sein, für andere sollen die Nutzer bezahlen.
Die Aufarbeitung der Archive könnte neue Erkenntnisse über den Zweiten Weltkrieg zutage fördern, sagte Greenish. Die Dokumente könnten beispielsweise die Rolle einiger neutraler Staaten in einem anderen Licht erscheinen lassen. So enthält das Archiv Dokumente, die darauf hinweisen, dass wirtschaftliche Verbindungen zwischen dem neutralen Spanien und den Achsenmächten existierten.“

Quelle: golem.de
“ ….. Nach dem Krieg verfielen die Gebäude, für dringend nötige Renovierungsarbeiten ist kein Geld vorhanden. Die Nachrichten sind aber immer noch im Archiv von Bletchley Park zugänglich, sauber abgetippt und in langsam zerfallende Bücher eingeklebt. Das Archiv enthält zudem Karten und einen Index, mit dem sich die Nachrichten nach Themen sortieren lassen.
HP Scanjet 7000: Scannt jetzt entschlüsselte Nachrichten.
Hewlett-Packard hilft
Das Projekt, mit dem die entschlüsselten Texte digitalisiert werden sollen, beginnt jetzt mit Unterstützung von Hewlett-Packard (HP). Das Unternehmen stellt Server, Speicher und fünf seiner neuesten Business-Scanner zur Verfügung. Außerdem sollen Berater von HP den freiwilligen Helfern und den Mitarbeitern zeigen, wie sich der Enigma-Nachlass digital erhalten lässt.
Die Helfer werden die Index-Karteikarten mit dem HP Scanjet 7000 einscannen. Für die Bücher wird ein größerer Flachbett-Scanner benutzt, etwa ein HP N9120. Außerdem wird mit der Rescan-Software Kofax Virtual gearbeitet, mit der die alten Schriften laut HP besser sichtbar gemacht werden können. Wann die Digitalisierung abgeschlossen sein wird, wurde noch nicht bekannt gegeben. (uba) „

Quelle: Chip

ICA´s Archivist of the month, June 2010: Tukul Walla Sepania Kaiku

Tukul Walla Sepania Kaiku is from the Pacific region from New Hanover Island within the New Ireland Province in a country called Papua New Guinea. Tukul Kaiku holds a Diploma in Secondary Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Papua New Guinea and a Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Archives Administration) from the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Tukul Kaiku’s career as an Archivist commenced in November 1982 after completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree studies at the University of Papua New Guinea. The Papua New Guinea National Library, under which the National Archives and Public Records Services of Papua New Guinea was a branch, was recruiting graduate trainees and so Tukul signed up and opted to work with the National Archives. In 1985, she left the National Archives for a short while and was later recruited back in 1988, this time to work with the National Archives until 1996.

From 1996 to 2001 she worked with the Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs and from 2002 -to 2004 she worked with the Public Sector Reforms Management Unit of the Department of Prime Minister. Then in 2005 she moved to the University of Papua New Guinea School of Humanities and Social Sciences to teach Records and Archives Management within the Information and Communication Sciences Strand.

As a graduate trainee with the National Archives from 1982-1985, Tukul served primarily in the Archives Services Section which dealt with reference services relating to personal and written enquiries during which time she became very accustomed to the National Archives relating to British rule in Papua New Guinea from 1884-1906 and later Australian rule of the former British Protectorate. Among the archives of British and Australian rule was a document known as the Patrol Report which intrigued Tukul Kaiku. The Patrol Report was a report which was furnished by District Administration Field Officers who during the course of administrative patrols took notes of the places and people they visited. From 1884 to 1973 these government officers patrolled the country for purposes of opening up the country and establishing government control. A collection of such patrols was soon identified and Tukul used these for display during the Archives Week in 1983. She later featured the same patrols in a series titled ‘Government and the Opening of the Country‘ in a series of newspaper articles.

Another highlight of her work at the National Archives was the move from the first repository to a new building in 1988, where Tukul used her knowledge of the archives to decide which accessions and series groups would go onto which shelves in the new building.

At the University of Papua New Guinea, apart from teaching Records and Archives Management she also teaches other courses such as Information Sources, Information Literacy, Marketing of Information and Library Services, Outreach and Information Extension Services as well as Fieldwork practice. While at the University of Papua New Guinea she has been participating on outreach programs including working with the staff of student records.

As a Records and Archives educator she attended the Asia and Pacific Training and Education conference in Tokyo in 2006.

In 2008, she developed a Training Module for the Public Sector Workforce Development Program and very recently in 2009 she developed a Trainer/Learner Handbook for the Training of Papua New Guinea Government Officers in the use of the PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit. Also in 2009, she completed a Study Guide and Resource Book and Course Outline Booklet on the course Information Literacy for offer on Distance Mode in first semester of 2011 by the University of Papua New Guinea’s Open Colleges.

Tukul Kaiku is a highly valued and extremely active member of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives and participates in PARBICA’s biennial conferences and has played a crucial role in the formulating of ideas for the PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit, as a member of the Toolkit’s regional reference group.

Tukul Kaiku also participates in activities relating to indigenous knowledge systems of her home island. For instance in July 2009, she attended the 14th Congress of the International Anthropological and Ethnographic Association at Kunming, China, where she presented a paper on four examples of Indigenous knowledge practices of her people.

There are four staff members within the Information and Communication Sciences Strand where Tukul Kaiku teaches. These staff members teach Information Management courses in the area of Information and Information Literacy, Library Science, Records and Archives and Information Technology. Tukul Kaiku is the Records and Archives educator on the staff.

In a country where managing archives and records is anything but easy, Tukul Kaiku’s energy, leadership, commitment, enthusiasm, integrity and professionalism is a constant inspiration to her friends and colleagues within the PARBICA family.

Tukul what is your background?

I come from New Hanover Island within the New Ireland Province in a country called Papua New Guinea in the South-West Pacific region. I grew up listening to myths and legends recounted to me by my grandparents and parents and to be told about sacred sites and spots and beings within my island environment. I have a Diploma in Secondary Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea. My areas of interest at the university were in history, sociology and anthropology. I also have a Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Archives Administration) from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

I became an archivist in November 1982 after completing my degree studies. The Papua New Guinea National Library, under which the National Archives and Public Records Services of Papua New Guinea was a branch, was recruiting graduate trainees and so I signed up and opted to work with the National Archives.

As a graduate trainee with the National Archives from 1982-1985, I served primarily in the Archives Services Section which dealt with reference services relating to personal and written enquiries during which time I became very familiar with the National Archives relating to British rule in Papua New Guinea from 1884-1906 and later Australian rule of the former British Protectorate. Among the archives of British and Australian rule was a document known as the Patrol Report which intrigued me. The Patrol Report was a report which was furnished by District Administration Field Officers who during the course of administrative patrols took notes of the places and people they visited. From 1884 to 1973 these government officers patrolled the country for purposes of opening up the country and establishing government control. A collection of such patrols was identified and used for display during the Archives Week in 1983 and I later featured the same patrols in a series of newspaper articles under the theme ‘Government and the Opening of the Country‘ in 1990.

How did you become an archives and records educator?

There was a vacant teaching post for a Records and Archives Management educator with the Information and Communications Sciences Strand within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Papua New Guinea. The position was advertised and I was invited to apply and was offered the job based on my qualifications as a teacher as well as my years of work with the National Archives and Public Records Services of Papua New Guinea and my post graduate training from the University of New South Wales former School of Library and Information Studies.

There are four staff members within the Information and Communication Sciences. We teach Information Management courses in the area of Information and Information Literacy, Library Science, Records and Archives and Information Technology. I am the Records and Archives educator on the staff.

Tell us about your recent achievements and your projects.

I have been an active member of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives since 2005. I have participated in PARBICA’s biennial conferences. Since 2006, I have played a crucial role in the formulating of ideas for the PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit, as a member of the Toolkit’s regional reference group. In 2008, I developed a Training Module for the Public Sector Workforce Development Program and very recently in 2009 a Trainer/Learner Handbook consisting of lessons for Training of Papua New Guinea Government Officers in the use of the PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit.

Also in 2009, I completed a Study Guide and Resource Book and Course Outline Booklet on the course Information Literacy for offer on Distance Mode in first semester of 2011 by the University of Papua New Guinea’s Open Colleges.

You are very active at the international level. What does this experience bring to you?

Working at such a level enables me to appreciate the vast differences between developed archival institutions and least developed archival institutions. In the Pacific Region in particular we the Pacific nation states can be seen as being miles behind in terms of records and archival infrastructure, staffing, professional development and training. Working with our colleagues from Australia and New Zealand who have been of tremendous assistance professionally and mentor wise gives us the opportunity to work at our pace within our context to bring ourselves forward. And so the experience in particular in the area of training is such that, as a trainer and educator one has to make adjustments and adapt training needs to suit individual situations and to avoid the ‘one size fits all‘ notion. In the Pacific region for instance, most record keepers and archives officers do not have the necessary qualifications to be selected for university level education nor to be on par with colleagues who are working and in the digital domain, so special in-house training and workshop training material has to be developed to meet such target audiences.

What future do you imagine for archives in your country?

I see records and archives management to be an integral part of government and administration in my country with records and archival systems built into the systems and processes of government. I see a national records management policy and agency records management policies for the management of records from creation to disposal to be in place including other vital documents for the management and control of records being used as guide to assist records officers to efficiently and effectively conduct their work when handling records.

I see national government agencies systematically managing their records and the twenty provinces having their own records and archives centres where the records of their provinces, districts and local government administrations are professionally managed by trained staff. Currently, the twenty provinces do not have records storage facilities for the storage and preservation of their semi-current and non-current records. And I see training in records and archives management in government agencies and at the school of government.

From your point of view, what is a good professional in the Pacific Region? Is there a difference with professionals in other parts of the world?

A good professional in the Pacific Region? In the field of records and archives administration, a good professional would have to be a person who respects their colleagues and most of all who respect the records and archives in their care since they are custodians of such treasures, which are the heritage and identity of their people. Of course one would have to be well groomed and emanate a professional outlook both in dressing and appearance and above all, they would have to be helpful, pleasant and warm towards their colleagues, users and others. They must know their job and be prepared to protect the records in their care and above all they must be persons of integrity and professionalism so that they are a constant inspiration to their friends and colleagues

It is a known fact that archivists the world over are persons of all types. Some are animated or extroverts while others are introverts while some are of high esteem and still others are persons of high integrity and so on. Experience has shown that there is a kindred spirited archivist somewhere in other parts of the world. There are differences in training and educational and cultural backgrounds and attitudes, however, when it comes to being an archivist, there will be that kindred spirit buried within a person. A person who appreciates history and identity and who is passionate about such historical and cultural heritage.

What are some of your fondest memories of working with the ICA and PARBICA family?

I remember in particular the year 1991. This was my first time ever to go out of my country to undergo post graduate studies in Information Management (Archives Administration) at the University of New South Wales in Australia. I remember mentors like Nancy Lutton then Chief Archivist of the National Archives and Public Records Services of Papua New Guinea and Dr. Peter Orlovich of the University of New South Wales School of Library and Information Studies who ensured I applied for an AusAID Scholarship to do so. While at the University of New South Wales, Dr. Orlovich sought funding for me from the Commonwealth Foundation to attend my first ever PARBICA biennial conference held jointly in American and Western Samoa.

I remember Nancy Lutton getting me to be Editor of the PARBICA Journal from 1992-1994 at which time I did such and in that capacity went to Hawaii when the PARBICA Bureau met there as the President of PARBICA was then from Hawaii. I also remember PARBICA in Guam in 1994 where and when PARBICA was still grappling with the need to develop a Records Management Toolkit for use by Pacific Record keepers and Archivists. A Records Management Document was floated there but it did not eventuate into anything thereafter.

Joining the Archives ladder once more in 2005 provided an opportunity for me to get back into the PARBICA family beginning with my participation at the PARBICA biennial conference in Nadi, Fiji in 2005. At that meet, among resolutions which PARBICA passed was that for the development of a PARBICA Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit. There is no way, Pacific Record keepers and Archivists can thank their Australian and New Zealand colleagues. They have been invaluable mentors and colleagues. Assistance from colleagues and staff of the National Archives of Australia and funding from AusAID as well as colleagues and staff of Archives New Zealand and NZAID for the development of the Toolkit have been such that Pacific Archivists are benefiting much from such an association.

The ICA and PARBICA provided funding for me to attend the 2nd Asia Pacific Conference for Archives Educators in Japan in 2006 where I presented some examples of Archival Training in the Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Region. The year 2007 saw the first tools of the PARBICA Toolkit being launched at the PARBICA biennial conference in Noumea and in 2008 I was privileged to be among a big contingent of Pacific Archivists who attended the 14th International Council on Archives Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In a country such as Papua New Guinea where there is very little records and archival literature resource to go by, the benefits of working with the ICA and the PARBICA family are enormous. And where one is an only records and archives educator with little opportunity to discuss professional matters and issues, the publications by the International Records Management Trust and International Council on Archives and the PARBICA Toolkit are valuable resources. And the PARBICA biennial and ICA conferences are avenues for meeting and sharing and shaping professional ideas and thought.

Link: ICA, Homepage

Lamento der Verlage

http://www.blog-cj.de/blog/?p=3340

Seit Jahren hecheln viele Verlage den Entwicklungen im Netz hinterher — und wenn sie dann feststellen, dass sie in einer Sackgasse gelandet sind, schreien sie nach Umsatzbeteiligung, Leistungsschutz, Welpenschutz und Artenschutz. Man meint, sie seien Ausgebeutete in einer modernen Form des Feudalismus. Anstatt die Möglichkeiten zu ergreifen, die neue Kanäle bieten (und ja, das tun sie!), wird nach Verboten und Regulierungen gerufen. Dabei wäre es ja einfach,würde man wirklich wollen: zwei Mausklicks und die Webseiten sind nicht mehr auffindbar für Suchmaschinen. Würde halt dann eben nur mal schnell die Hälfte des Traffics kosten, was man dann irgendwie auch wieder nicht will.

Dabei ist dieser Ansatz schon deswegen falsch, weil er die Verlage noch über Jahre hinweg in der Rolle der Getriebenen halten wird. Stattdessen müssten sie, wie es der eine oder andere ja inzwischen auch schon vormacht, endlich wieder Herr des eigenen Handelns werden, anstatt dauernd den Googles und Facebooks dieser Welt hinterherzuhecheln. Eigene Ideen, eigene Plattformen entwickeln, anstatt sich dauern zu beklagen, dass andere schneller und gewitzter waren. Und vielleicht mal eine kleine Liste anfertigen, auf der mahnenderweise drauf steht, was man in den letzten Jahren so alles übersehen hat. Da hat sich inzwischen nämlich so einiges angesammelt. Ganz oben steht dann: 1996. Das Internet.

Köln: 10 Mio. € für die Bergung bereitgestellt

„Der Kölner Hauptausschuss hat am Montagabend über 10 Millionen Euro für die Bergung der restlichen Dokumente aus dem eingestürzten Stadtarchiv bewilligt. Die Stadt schätzt, dass etwa zehn Prozent der verschütteten Archivgüter noch unter den Trümmern liegen, vermutlich im Grundwasser unter der Einsturzstelle.
An der Einsturzstelle ist seit Montag ein 100 Tonnen schwerer Bohrer im Einsatz. Er gräbt sich in den Untergrund, um die Errichtung eines unterirdischen Bergungsbauwerks vorzubereiten, mit dessen Hilfe man dann möglichst viele noch verschüttete Archivgüter retten will. Allein dieses Bauwerk wird inklusive Planungskosten über 7 Millionen Euro kosten.
Sobald die Bergung der Archivgüter beginnt, wird im 24 Stunden-Schichtbetrieb gearbeitet werden, was noch einmal hohe Personalkosten bedeutet. Die Kosten, die durch den Einsturz des Stadtarchivs insgesamt verursacht wurden, werden auf etliche hundert Millionen Euro geschätzt.“

Quelle: Radio Köln, Nachrichten v. 8.6.2010

„Auf dem Gelände des eingestürzten Kölner Stadtarchivs hat die Bergung der letzten Archivalien begonnen. Am Montag (07.06.10) nahm nach Angaben der Stadt ein über 100 Tonnen schweres Bohrgerät die Arbeit auf, um unterirdische Wände für das sogenanntes „Bergungsbauwerk“ zu errichten. 63 Pfähle, über 30 Meter tief, sollen in den nächsten Wochen nebeneinander gesetzt werden, um eine stabile Wand zu errichten. Anschließend sollen die letzten Archivalien aus dem mit Schutt vermischten Grundwasser herausgeholt werden. Die Kölner Archivverwaltung schätzt den Anteil an Archivalien, der vermutlich noch im Grundwasser vor der unterirdischen Schlitzwand zu finden sein wird, auf rund zehn Prozent. Die „Erstversorgung“ der Funde soll noch auf dem Gelände stattfinden. Die Stadt Köln hat für die Aktion 10,2 Millionen Euro bereitgestellt.

Das Bergungsbauwerk schafft nach Angaben der Stadt auch einen Teil der Voraussetzungen für das anschließende sogenannte „Besichtigungsbauwerk“. Dieses Bauwerk soll Aufschlüsse über die eigentlichen Schadensursachen und damit den oder die Verantwortlichen für den Einsturz des Historischen Archivs im März 2009 ermöglichen.“
Quelle: wdr.de, Kurzmeldung 8.6.2010

Wirre Internetskeptiker

Tagungsbericht Das Ende der Bibliothek? 22.04.2010-23.04.2010, Gotha, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 08.06.2010, http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/tagungsberichte/id=3129

Dass da die Open-Access-Feinde Roland Reuß und Uwe Jochum auftraten, passt gut zu dem negativen Eindruck von den auf der Tagung überwiegend vertretenen digitalisierungsskeptischen Positionen, den man aus dem Bericht (von Jochum!) gewinnen kann.

Schlichtweg idiotisch, was da aus Bernhard Fischers Vortrag referiert wird: Wollte man die fünf Millionen Blatt Papier, die das „Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv“ in Weimar verwaltet, in digitaler Form ins Netz stellen, müsse man die Frage beantworten können, welchen Sinn es mache, Dokumente in Frakturschrift und in deutscher Kurrent massenhaft ins Netz zu stellen. Der Zeugniswert der Überlieferung werde dadurch beeinträchtigt und mit ihm die Funktion des Archivs, das als ein bekannter Ort für Unbekanntes die Möglichkeiten zu Entdeckungen auf eine Weise biete, die im Internet nicht möglich sei.

Archive sind als bekannte Orte für Unbekanntes – diesen Unfug konsequent fortgedacht – am attraktivsten, wenn sie Benutzungserlaubnisse rein willkürlich und nur alle Jubeljahre vergeben. Werden Archive konsequent als Arcana ausgestaltet, deren Look-and-feel wesentlich vom modrigen Staubgeruch lebt, ist die Entdeckungsfreude am größten.

Siehe auch
http://archiv.twoday.net/stories/6313071