How to archive for the future? Ensuring the Present benefits from a Relevant Past
Daniel J. Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada and Eric Mechoulan,Université de Montréal
April 23, 12:30pm ET Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor
If we want to preserve accessibility to valuable information about legal, political, social and cultural discourses in an era of information abundance, it becomes vital to design carefully how we distinguish between noise and significant pieces of information. In order to secure our future, we need to know how to organize our past.
Daniel J. Caron joined the federal public service in 1982. In 2009, he was appointed Librarian and Archivist of Canada. One year later, he launched the modernization initiative to ensure that Library and Archives Canada could meet the multiple challenges of the digital environment. This initiative is a call for collaboration, epistemologically grounded institutional policies and policy driven decisions. In addition to his organizational experience, Mr. Caron is a seasoned author and speaker on public administration and issues related to information and memory both in Canada and abroad. Mr. Caron has also taught in several Canadian universities. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Economics from the Université Laval, and obtained a doctorate in Applied Human Sciences from the Université de Montréal. Mr. Caron has been Chair of the Forum of National Archivists for the International Council on Archives since 2010. He is the author of WEB HT.0 Pour une société informée: la pertinence numérique et ses défis pour les sociétés démocratiques au XX1e siècle, Hermann 2011.
Eric Mechoulan is a professor at the Université de Montréal and visiting prof at Harvard, chair of the Intermedial Research Center on Letters, Arts and Techniques as well as the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Emerging Technologies (Montreal). His most recent research project is about “Archiving in the digital age”. Recent publications : special journal issue on “Archiving”, Intermediality, 2012; D’où nous viennent nos idées? Métaphysique et intermédialité, VLB, 2010; La culture de la mémoire, PUM, 2008.