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Thursday, June 16 • 15:40 - 16:25
Selection and appraisal in the digital age / Robert Kretzschmar
Selection and appraisal in the digital age. Traditional values and changing routines in Germany.

In the nineteen-nineties a controversial debate about selection and appraisal divided the community of German archivist into two opposing parties. The positive result of the discussion was as a common understanding of the aims, methods and instruments which has been developed during the last fifteen years. This framework which is based on the values of the ICA Code of Ethics is internalized by most of the colleagues. To which extend is this framework still suitable today in relation to born digitals, hybrid records and mixed registries containing analogue and digital components? What is the state of art concerning the discussion about that in Germany? In the last years more and more digital archives have been established in Germany. Various networks were founded as a basis of cooperation and partnership in the field of archival processing of born digital material. Which problems do the German archivists currently have in their day-to-day work? Which kinds of digital objects ranging from records, single files and data bases to audiovisual material, websites and social media are treated by German archivists? To what extend do the current models for selection and appraisal cover digital borns, too? Did we see new concepts and routines evolving in the last years? Is there a need to revise traditional values or the Code of Ethics on the whole? The presentation tries to give some answers to these questions. Mainly based on experiences of the State Archives of Baden-Württemberg it will take a look at the current situation and the perspectives to be pursued. 

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Robert Kretzschmar

President, State Archives of Baden-Württemberg
Robert Kretzschmar is the President of the State Archives of Baden-Württemberg in Germany and teaches at the History Department of the University of Tübingen. He studied historical sciences at the universities of Tübingen and Innsbruck and was trained as an archivist in the State Archives of Baden-Württemberg and by the Archives School in Marburg.

Thursday June 16, 2016 15:40 - 16:25
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