All around the world, in business, in government and in the popular press, people are facing challenges of the digital age, and seeking ways to capitalise on this era of “information abundance” for the betterment of our societies.
These are exciting times, but also quite complex. Important decisions must be made carefully to ensure we have the future we want. We must balance personal privacy with a right to information; uphold government accountability while preserving national security; provide global on-line access to our collections but respect international copyright laws; uphold human rights and support the achievement of the UN sustainable development goals – and the list goes on. These are high priority challenges of the 21st century made even more urgent by the advent of digital technology - in Government, business and civil society. These are of course national issues confronting national governments, but fundamentally they are information management challenges and our success is underpinned by the proper administration of Archives and management of records.
As professional archivists and records managers therefore we must keep informed and educated, and as part of an active international community we need also to share our ideas with our peers. This is why ICA Congress 2016 is so important and why it is such an essential event on our professional calendar. This is an opportunity not to be missed: to come to a world class venue and be part of the conversation with international experts at the very leading edge of a fast moving and fascinating set of themes and topics.
I look forward to seeing you in Seoul!
President of the International Council on Archives