controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2015-11-29

This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archivy, but also including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!


The next SNAP Chat will be this Thursday, December 3rd, at 8 PM EST – and it’s a joint chat with the Records Management Roundtable. You can learn more (and find the reading list) here.

141 session proposals were submitted for ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016. The call for student posters and papers was announced, with a deadline of Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

The November/December 2015 Archival Outlook is now online.

Politics & Government

The Nix film, one of two that shows the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is lost. The family has sued NARA for $10 million, but NARA claims it does not have it.

Data Sharing

W3C has created a web API to share its data with users, which can be accessed here. It’s read-only, and only public information fields are disclosed.

Data Security

With half of resold hard drives in a recent study still containing data from previous owners (even though 75% had attempted to erase data), secure deletion is important to understand. How does the cloud change the need?

Records Management

Kudos to Jarrett Drake for alerting SAA Council that the Chicago Police Department’s contract with the city’s police union requires disciplinary actions to be deleted after 5 years. (See section 8.4.)

The Denver Post has an editorial regarding Colorado State University’s refusal to hand over an electronic – and searchable – database of employee names, salaries, and raises to a reporter investigating a discrimination claim. Colorado’s open records act only requires them to hand over a print copy.


CyArk is attempting to save Middle Eastern culture from ISIS vandalism digitally.

Odds and Ends

If you read Wednesday’s post from Lauren Gaylord, you know she works at Pixar. You can learn a bit more about Pixar’s archive here.

Someone has made a compilation of NASA and Russian Cosmonaut UFO footage. The truth is out there!


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