Whatever role we play in the field of records management or archives, we always seek to strengthen knowledge societies. Whether in a private company where our objective is to support the conduct of its business and protect its interests. In a public administration where these objectives are complemented by those of transparency, protection of the interests of the administration and the rights of the citizens who benefit from its actions, our role is to act in support of the functioning of our communities.
“Strengthening Knowledge Societies,” the theme of the Abu Dhabi congress initially planned for November 2020 but which the health crisis has forced us to move to 2021, clearly illustrates the complexity and importance of our action. More than ever, in this context where administrations and companies have been forced to change the behavior of billions of individuals in both their private and professional lives, it is essential to record, manage and make accessible the information and knowledge that allows for reasoned choices based on facts. In a world where decision-making is often based on recommendations generated by algorithms, our role is to ensure that these decisions concerning our societies are documented so that they can be publically criticized and that their sources preserved.
It shows that whatever the nature, source and even character of this information/knowledge, it plays an increasing role in our societies where unverified information often takes precedence over the results of expert research. Whatever our workplace and the role we play in it, let us participate in the strengthening of knowledge societies.
ICA Vice-President Programme
Deputy Librarian and Archivist of Canada