ICA's International Congress is the major international event for the archives and records management community around the world. This year’s overarching theme is “Archives, Harmony and Friendship: ensuring cultural sensitivity, justice and cooperation in a globalised world”. The congress formally commences on Tuesday 6 September and closes on Friday 9 September, with workshops and professional visits organized a day either side of the congress. The Congress sessions will explore the main programme themes of:
The continuing challenge of managing records and archives in the digital era attracted many proposals and there will be some very thought-provoking and inspiring papers in this theme. Of course the ICA Congress also addresses the benefits and challenges inherent in an ever more globalised world and there will be some good sessions examining examples of cross-border cooperation.
The congress will also explore the concepts of harmony and cooperation both within and outside the archives and recordkeeping field. The presentations and panels will explore how we reconcile some of the intrinsic conflicts in managing archives, for example preservation and access or privacy and openness and presenters will also look at how we relate to external stakeholders including users, record creators, politicians and citizens.
Members of the ICA network will also present a number of interesting sessions on the role of recordkeeping in justice, advocacy and reconciliation. Many papers will discuss the implications of diversity, the need to respect other archival cultures and how this might be achieved.
The Republic of South Korea itself offers a study in harmony with its rich history which contrasts and complements its contemporary role as a country which leads in areas such as voice recognition, automation and medical technology. The congress features presentations on Korean professional methods, projects and achievements from the National Archives of Korea, academics, government departments and the private sector.
The achievements of the ICA since our last congress in 2012 will also be showcased. This will include the work of the Expert Groups, results of Programme Commission-funded projects and reports by recipients of grants from the Fund for the International Development of Archives. We also extend a special welcome to a number of New Professionals to the Congress, including be eight new professionals in receipt of ICA bursaries. They will be using social media to publicize the Congress as they experience it and will also present their impressions during the closing plenary session.
With 250 presentations, panels and workshops across 8 themes and a special parallel stream featuring the achievements of National Archives, accommodated in 10 rooms, this is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world and share experiences, research, tools, methods and ideas. We look forward to seeing you in Seoul!