The Documentalist


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Doc-u-men-tal-ist (noun)

1) a specialist in documentation; a person working strictly with information and record keeping (

2) a kind of librarian, trained in documentation and specializing in assisting researchers in their search for scientific and technical documentation (

Human Rights at the Center for Research Libraries-Global Resources Network

The Center for Research Libraries is engaged in an 18 month “Human Rights Electronic Evidence Study” (funded by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation). The goal of the project is to survey the practices and technologies used by human rights groups, activists, and other organizations to create and collect electronic documentation of human rights abuses and violations, and describe how that documentation  supports advocacy, investigations, reporting, and legal proceedings on a local and international basis. The project will identify practices and create tools that can local and regional activities more effective.

This blog serves as one of the tools by which we will disseminate our findings. Through this, we will share timely information about digital resources and technologies that may be useful to both activists and archivists. We also hope that it will serve as a means of bringing the creators and curators of human rights documentation into conversation with each other.

So welcome to The Documentalist. Please share what you learn here with others, leave comments, questions and suggestions, network with each other, and use this blog as a place for exchanging information and ideas.



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