Welcome to CITRA 2010 Oslo September 11th – September 19th 2010.


It is a pleasure for me to invite you all to the CITRA 2010 which will take place in Oslo, the capital of Norway, in September. We look forward to an exiting week at the CITRA conference, and we hope and feel sure that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. We have booked the Holmenkollen Rica Park Hotel, which combines impressive architectural History with great views of the Norwegian nature. And the hotel neighbors is the just last week rebuilt famous Holmenkollen ski jump, now ready for the World Championship in early 2011.

The National Archives of Norway have worked for many years with the public sector in order to find professional solutions in the complex field of digital archives. It is therefore a great pleasure and a special privilege for us to host the CITRA conference in 2010 entitled “TRUST AND ACCESS. Challenges to Managing Records and Archives in the Digital age”.

The preparation of the conference program was completed at the CITRA Bureau meeting in Oslo in January, and the program has now been finalized. In addition to the plenary sessions there will be quite a number of parallel sessions and work groups.  Please look at the program as a menue from which the participants can choose.

The CITRA starts with key note speakers like professor Randall Jimerson lecturing on Archives Power in the Digital Future, mr. Jan Egeland, former UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator lecturing on “Intercultural Communication to overcome New Global Challenges”, and President of Norwegian Red Cross Sven Mollekleiv lecturing on “Comparing and Sharing Reliable Vital Digital Information in Times of Catastrophe”.

Then through Tuesday to Thursday there will be about 50 speakers from all over the world in plenary sessions, parallel sessions and panels highlighting a number of issues on creating and managing digital records, new social media, accountability of digital information, the authenticity of digital data, digital governance, privacy protection, experience in the use of digital archives etc. There will also be presentations of digital archives used in specific fields and of specific projects.

At the end of the professional program there will be three different workshops where participants can attend actively. This year we shall also introduce what we have called a National Archives Reflection hour named World Powers – Digital Powers. Eight National Archivists will share their experience with us and reflect on our common digital future.

As at previous CITRA conferences there will be translation in English and French. We are happy to announce that in Oslo we also provide for Spanish translation in the plenary and in some of the parallel sessions.

The program also offers exhibits, reception in the City Hall hosted by the Mayor of Oslo, dinners and lunches. An Opera performance is being planned.

And beware that the program contains a series of cultural and social offers. So do not hesitate to use this opportunity to come not only for the meetings, but also to experience Oslo and its surroundings during your stay.

Welcome to Oslo in September

Ivar Fonnes
Director General
National Archives of Norway