15h00 à 16h00 – “Collaborative practices: The philosophy behind open-source software projects AtoM and Archivematica and their real world application at the NCTR Archives” – animée par Cédric Champagne

Quelles sont la philosophie et les pratiques d’Artefactual en matière de travail collaboratif? Et comment les archives du Centre national pour la vérité et la réconciliation ont-elles pu concrètement inclure ces logiciels libres dans leur travail?

1 - Collaborative practices: The philosophy behind open-source software projects AtoM and Archivematica and their real world application at the NCTR Archives avec Raymond Frogner et Jennifer Robert

Artefactual Systems is the organizational home and primary developer of two open-source software projects: Access to Memory (AtoM) and Archivematica.  Artefactual develops free and open-source software and promotes open-standards as the best way to support archives and other organizations to preserve and provide access to society’s cultural assets.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives houses more than 5 million records, most of them created or collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada during its mandate. The archives supports multiple ways of knowing and is in the process of creating a decolonizing archive. Open source applications, such as AtoM and Archivematica, have been employed to further this objective.

This session will present the Artefactual philosophy and practices of collaborative work including the ways in which the community can collaborate to improve the software and contribute to the broader archival community.  It will also include the work of the NCTR Archives and their use of open-source software.


Raymond Frogner graduated with an M.A. in history from the University of Victoria and an M.A.S. from the University of British Columbia. He was the archivist for private records at the University of Alberta where he taught a class in archives and Indigenous records. He was formerly an archivist for private records at the Royal BC Museum where his portfolio included Indigenous records. He is currently the Head of Archives at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. He is also the co-chair of the International Council for Archives Committee on Indigenous matters. In 2019 he was the principal author of the ICAs Tandanya/Adelaide Declaration concerning Indigenous self-determination and archives.  He has published two articles in Archivaria on the topics of archives and Indigenous rights. Both articles have won the W. Kaye Lamb Prize. He continues to publish and present on issues of Indigenous identity and social memory. In 2020 he was nominated a Fellow of the Association of Canadian Archivists.

Jennifer Roberts is a Systems Archivist at Artefactual Systems Inc. Currently living in Whitehorse, Yukon, Jenn holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature and English from the University of Toronto and a Master of Archival studies degree from the University of British Columbia.  She has spent years working in traditional archives ranging from small community repositories to the United Nations Office at Geneva and has been with Artefactual since 2019.