International Archives Week 2022

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International Archives Week 2022


6 TO 10 JUNE 2022

From Monday 6 to Friday 10 June 2022, the International Council on Archives ICA, will celebrate the fourth International Archives Week IAW2022 focusing on the theme ‚ArchivesAreYou‘. ICA invites archival and records management professionals and organizations to join for virtual conversations on this topic.

With this call, Wikimedia Switzerland and the Association of Swiss Archivists VSA-AAS want to give an impulse to support this initiative. In consulting the geographical map linked below, you will immediately see, that there is a lot to catch up regarding Wikimedia content on archives in the respective countries.

We thank all the volunteers and authors engaging in our projects and we hope you will continue to make a contribution to free archival knowledge by adding and completing the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and the Wikimedia sister projects on topics related to the theme of ‚ArchivesAreYou‘. In keeping with the International Archives Week and this year's focus, we invite you to help us completing and improving the presence of archives on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata.

Thank you for participating!


An initiative by Wikimedia Switzerland and the Association of Swiss Archivists


International Archives Week 2022 is about
archivist and the civil society

This year's International Archives Week is about discussing what it means to be an archivist and what archival records truly reflect: stories. Those stories show the tensions but also the bridges that archives create within the profession and with the communities that are represented (or not represented) in those narratives.

ICA is inviting the records and archives community to reflect on the following two main topics:

  • Archivists: Archives represent the professional practices and standards of archivists, but they also affect us as practitioners. This stream is about understanding how archival practices influence what is in or out of the ‘archival record’, how our practices reflect professional biases and how the records impact us with the stories they tell. .
  • Civil Society: Archives contain the stories of individuals past, present and eventually future. They help us understand who we are and what we want to be. Understanding what stories archives reflect, who is in? Who is out? Do certain marginalised communities want to be documented in “institutional archives”?

Consult the Geographic Archives Map for linked Wikimedia Content

The following geographic map locates Archives in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, based on Wikidata records. If you want to know which archives already have a Wikipedia article and which do not, as well as the respective quality of the article, you can find out by using the link to the map below. If you are a Wikidata expert, help us to improve and inject additional meta data into Wikidata to complete the information base for archives in Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

Have fun exploring!

Archives institutions Map for Switzerland

How to participate & contribute

Wikipedia Articles
As a beginner or intermediate Wikipedia author you can contribute for example by improving and completing an existing article, inserting appropriate images and image galleries, inserting links to archival collections on webarchives and portals, updating info boxes or inserting Wikidata info boxes into Wikipedia articles. If you are an expert Wikipedia author you might engage in creating a completely new article. You can consult the geographic archives map and explore archives with no article, and write about a cultural institution or translate an existing article in a different language. Please remember, if you want your new article about an archive to be reflected on the geographic map, you have to interlink it in the Wikidata record of the respective cultural institution.
Wikimedia Commons
If you like to work with media files, you might want to upload collections, archives related images and documents to Wikimedia Commons. Please remember that taking onsite photographs need to be compliant with the legal framework when uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. Maybe you still have many images, you did not have time to share and upload into Wikimedia Commons. Nevertheless, some institutions have released images collections and documents under a free license the past years. The collections are accessible through their portal or webarchive but are not yet available in Wikimedia Commons or embedded in a Wikipedia article.
If you like to work with meta data, you can help us to complete the geographical visualization on archives in Switzerland linked to Wikimedia content on Wikidata. Every contribution counts.
  • The Association of Swiss Archivists VSA-AAS made a list on their website with all the archives who participate.
  • Europeana-Sammlungen online Link
  • UNESCO Digitale Bibliothek - Open-Access-Material für die Forschung Link
  • Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv Online-Zugang Link
  • Archivbestand der ETH-Bibliothek Link
  • e-Helvetica der Schweizerischen Nationalbibliothek Link
  • Archivdatenbank der Schweizerischen Nationalbibliothek Link
  • Bilder-Archiv Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde Link
  • Zugang zu den audiovisuellen Archiven des IKRK Link
  • Online-Katalog der Schweizerischen Nationalphonothek Link

Contact us!

If you like to contribute to this Wikimedia project, you need support in the activities for International Archives Week, or you want to learn more about the association, contact us directly.

For voluntary community
DE: ulrich.lantermann(_AT_)
FR: flor.mechain(_AT_)
IT: ilario.valdelli(_AT_)
Tech support
Press contact
Kerstin Sonnekalb, press(_AT_)