The National Archives Displays Its Experience at an International Conference in Iceland

The National Archives Displays Its Experience at an International Conference in Iceland

The National Archives Displays Its Experience at an
International Conference in Iceland

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates participated in the International Council on Archives Conference with a paper displaying its experience that is rich with achievements. The N.A. was the only Arab participant in the international conference held recently in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
In the presence of HE Majid Al Mehairi, Executive Director of the National Archives, Mr. Hamad Al Mutairi, Head of the IT Section, presented a paper shedding light on the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates since its inception in 1968 as per the directives of founding leader Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He reviewed the National Archives’ vision, mission, and objectives as well as its most important achievements and the large projects that are compatible with the U.A.E.’s strategy and aspirations, which the U.A.E. seeks to achieve in its Vision 2021. The most prominent of those projects are the national campaign to document personal records electronically, the electronic document management system, the archiving of websites of government entities and some social networking accounts, which contain important information about the events and news of interest to researchers and decision-makers.
The paper focused on the National Archives’ smart applications such as the Sheikhs’ Diaries, and audio library of the founding leader the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It contains hundreds of audio recordings that address various local, Arab and international issues, and more.
The paper also addressed the electronic and smart initiatives that have contributed to the dissemination of archiving and documentation culture in the U.A.E. society. Then it discussed the creativity and its impact on the archiving, and its role in upgrading it.
Regarding this participation, H.E. Majid Al Mehairi, Executive Director at the National Archives, said that the National Archives is interested to attend the meetings of the International Council on Archives because they are useful in enhancing its work and it apparent primarily in the exchange of experiences. The National Archives is a member of the International Council on Archives and has a distinguished relationship with all the National Archives of the world. It seizes the opportunity of the meetings to review the experiences of the participating archives and to identify the important documents in their holding, which the N.A. seeks to acquire. In this session, the National Archives presented a paper about its own experience to the audience, which included Mr. David Flickr, President of the International Council on Archives, and a large crowd from different countries of the world.  The participants praised the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, its large role in keeping the nation's memory, and the great change and upgrade it does in its electronic base.
The National Archives’ delegation followed a number of topics that were dealt with in the International Council on Archives Conference such as information security, open data, data and civil rights, the workshops of the International Council on Archives’ Secretariat, risks and plans for recovery from crisis, geographic data and the UNESCO digital preservation project.
The delegation of the National Archives reviewed the solutions and systems that contribute to raising the effectiveness of archiving and digital archiving. There were also discussions on ways of cooperation with some companies in the field of scanners, digital preservation systems and e-training for the study of archives and information.