The Pacific Regional Branch International Council on Archives (PARBICA) Conference from August 22-27 in Apia, Samoa was a big success. The theme was Evidence and Memory in the Digital Age. Relevant archival and records management issues pertaining to the South Pacific were addressed by leaders of institutions and associations of the region. A quick report of the week-long proceedings can be found on our Website.

Some of the more notable resolutions of PARBICA’s 14th General Conference include:

1. Noted the potential of digital technology to advance recordkeeping and archives management, while acknowledging the need for robust policies and systems to manage the risks associated with digital records.

2. Reasserted that PARBICA members are key players in records management and keepers of memory, who are contributing to leading change in their respective countries, states and territories.

3. Noted the importance of partnership in achieving effective large-scale digitization.

4. Noted that digital technologies have to be used appropriately to protect and preserve indigenous cultural knowledge.

5. Noted the high risk to records and archives throughout the Pacific region and the need for further disaster preparedness and planning. Recommended that PARBICA work with relevant bodies to encourage development of disaster management plans and networks for the Pacific.

6. Asked the Bureau to ensure that members are kept aware of all International Council Archives (ICA) funding sources and time frames.

7. Asked the PARBICA Bureau to work with ICA to investigate development of an appropriate digital recordkeeping system that could be implemented across the Pacific.

For a more in-depth look at the resolutions, as well as the conference, please visit the PARBICA Website.

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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