It is a real gift to be able to get away on a bit of a vacation without going too far from home. And really, you can draw a circle around Vancouver and hit any number of great places to go within a couple of hours. We are so fortunate! IMG_6065So, last Thursday after lunch I took off for Harrison Hot Springs with friends Chris and Catherine for a two-day mini-vacay. Chris, Catherine and I worked together at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver in the late 1990s. We have all gone our IMG_6108separate ways since then, and had many twists and  turns along the way, but we have always kept in touch, more or less often. Of course Emma came with us as well – can’t forget my lovely fur-girl! Continue reading “Mini-vacay”


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This past week I have been in Scotland. I attended the conference Memories, Identities, and Communities put on by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee. It was a good conference, an interesting mix of archivists, historians, and information people from the UK, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Australia. One of the highlights was the opening plenary by Sue Black, a forensic anthropologist who worked in Kosovo. The theme of social justice was prominent, and the conference definitely favoured the concept of archivist as activist, and the role of intentional, created “archives”. It brought up again the growing terminological divide and, in my opinion, anyway, the ever-present need to examine first principles and remember our theoretical archival roots as we look to the future. Continue reading “Scotland”

Schloss Dagstuhl, Digital Evidence & Forensic Readiness Seminar

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Last fall I was invited to participate in a seminar on digital evidence and forensic readiness at Schloss Dagstuhl, February 22-28, 2014. This post is a reflection of this week. Continue reading “Schloss Dagstuhl, Digital Evidence & Forensic Readiness Seminar”