ACCESS TO ARCHIVES IN CHINA
Until recently, archives in China were
largely confidential, with even the archi-
vists themselves having restricted access.
However, the archives in Guangzhou,
the capital of South China's Guangdong
Province, will soon be publicly accessible.
The city is the first to make nearly all offi-
cial archives available and is constructing a
new building, hoped to be completed by
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LISTENING TO THE PAST, SPEAKING TO
A report from the UK's Archives Task
Force was published in March this year
and is hoped to encourage modernisa-
tion of archives and bring innovation to
the way they are accessed and used. More
information is available from the Action on
Archives section of the Museums, Libraries
and Archives Council (MLA) Web site
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM OPENS IN
In April this year, the Holocaust Memorial
Centre, which incorporates an old syna-
gogue, exhibit halls and documentation
archives, was opened in Budapest on the
eve of the sixtieth anniversary of the start of
the Holocaust in Hungary. This first muse-
um presenting the different experiences of
Hungarians in World War II is an important
progression for the nation as, until the end
of communism in 1990, little public discus-
sion of the Holocaust was allowed.
A new storage medium has been
announced a disk capable of storing up
to 25 Gb, and made of paper!
ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS
A German archaeological site, first dis-
covered by metal-detecting hobbyists, has
yielded more than 250 tools and weapons
used by Roman legionnaires.
FILM RECOVERED FROM DELIBERATE
Film archivists in The Netherlands have dis-
covered the only known copy of Beyond
The Rocks, starring Rudolph Valentino
and Gloria Swanson. The film, which is in
excellent condition, had been part of a col-
lection that was deliberately dispersed and
mislabelled and is the only film in which
these two stars appear together.
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ONE MILLION IMAGES
A national commission on cyberinfrastruc-
ture in the humanities and social sciences
has been set up by the American Council
of Learned Societies. Research and con-
sultations will result in a report, to be pub-
lished early in 2005.
DEGRADATION OF CDS
Optical disks such as CDs and DVDs are
not as long-lived as once thought, even if
stored correctly. The thin layer of lacquer
that protects the reflective aluminium layer
beneath can be damaged by mishandling
the disks, and if applied incorrectly by the
manufacturers can allow air to penetrate,
causing damaging oxidisation of the alu-
An ongoing digitisation project will unite
virtually treasures from Dunhuang (in
Northwest China) that are currently scat-
tered across museums all over the world.
Cultural relics to be digitised include imag-
es of caves, murals and clay sculptures,
as well as research and historical records
relating to the region and artefacts. The
Buddhist Mogao Grottoes, which made the
city famous, were added to the UNESCO
he use of quantitative methods in the
study of prehistorical archaeology
began early in Italy, although their applica-
tion to classical archaeology came later. This
pattern is repeated around much of Europe.
It was only relatively recently that these
methods began to be used in later periods.