Archives, politics and the citizen
This paper does not deal about technical issues regarding records
management - storage - and conservation techniques or how to decipher
old writings, but about the larger importance of archives for society.
Archives matter to the public authorities, to the private sector and to
the citizen. Rights derive from archives and archival documents serve as
basis for research. This “point of view” first and foremost exposes the
relevance of archives, the manner in which various actors of society
handle archives, and the ideological, political, social and cultural
significance of archives. Furthermore, light is shed on the structures
and characteristics of today’s Belgian and Flemish archives sector,
about the political agenda regarding archives at international and
Belgian level and especially about the challenges that the archives
sector faces, namely: ensuring and promoting accessibility to reliable
information and implementing a sustainable digital access, contributing
to the interests of society concerning open access to information and governmental transparency and improving the digital provision of services.