37th Annual Meeting of the European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation

Friday, July 08, 2016 Csaba Szilágyi

On June 16-17, 2016, over 25 human rights data professionals (information managers, librarians, documentalists, archivists, lawyers and activists) gathered in the Research Room of the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest for the 37th annual meeting of the European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation (ECCHRD).

Regime Change in Hungary: Black Box’s Documentary Films 1988-2006 Now Open to the Public

Thursday, June 16, 2016 Zsuzsanna Zádori

The Open Society Archives proudly presents the on-line catalog of all the documentary films of Fekete Doboz Alapítvány (Black Box Foundation).

Prime Time Nationalism: The Role of TV Broadcasts/Archives in the Aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars – A Conference Summary

Thursday, June 02, 2016 Csaba Szilágyi

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) organized and hosted an international, cross-disciplinary conference and workshop on May 13-14, 2016.

The Roma Digital Repository Project

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Emily Hanlon

The Open Society Archives (OSA) is the official repository for the Central European University and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and over the past several years, while we have been collecting records for the CEU and OSF organizational archives, OSA has been selecting the digital copies of any OSF Roma-related program materials, including grant and some scholarship files. OSA has begun an exciting, experimental information processing and retrieval project that we are calling the Roma Digital Repository Project (RDRP).

Pál Ferenczi, Pali bácsi, Uncle Pali

Thursday, February 11, 2016 Gwen Jones

Blinken OSA colleagues meet Pál Ferenczi, who spent a year in Mauthausen with Leó Goldberger, former owner of the Goldberger House, our archives’ home at Arany János Street 32. Text by Gwen Jones, Judit Izinger and Zsuzsa Zádori.

Free Europe Committee – New Digital Collection Online

Thursday, January 28, 2016 Robert Parnica

OSA is honored to announce public access to the first portion of the Free Europe Committee (FEC) compilation of Cold War digital records.

These 8,100 digital files were first available on November 3, 2015, for researchers only and covered the period of FEC activities from 1960-1964. OSA has only uploaded, this first chunk of a total database of 35,000 encrypted messages taking up 22 microfilm reels, ranging from 1960-1970.

Why metadata matters. Zygmund Bauman on Surveillance

Thursday, December 17, 2015 Gabriella Ivacs

We closed down our first thematic public program on Surveillance only a few days ago. The event series was opened with the exhibition Watching You, Watching Me in early October 2015. It was curated by our OSF NY colleague, namely Yukiko Yamagata to raise a series of recent issues in our post-panoptical societies through the gaze of the artist-photographer.

Ryszard Siwiec: Surveillance and Erasure in 1968 Poland

Thursday, November 19, 2015 Emily Hanlon

November 4th, at the third event of the Secret Police Film Festival, organized by my Blinken Open Society Archives colleague, Zsuzsa Zádori, we watched 4 incredibly interesting films about the political and social situation in Poland in the late 1960s to mid-1970s. The first three were primarily about surveillance techniques used by the Polish secret police. In the first film, footage of the U.S.

Archivists and records managers as carriers of change- excerpts from ICA 2015 Annual Conference

Saturday, November 14, 2015 Dzhevid Mahmud

Archiving and records management (ARM) professionals are often considered to preserve the past rather than shape the future. The 3rd International Council on Archives (ICA) named, Archives: Evidence, Security and Civil Rights , revealed that ARM professionals are equally responsible for designing current policies and future change as they are for preserving the memories.