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What is OCAP? And Why Do I Need to Know About it?

What is OCAP®?

The First Nations principles of OCAP® are a set of standards that establish how First Nations data should be collected, protected, used, or shared. They are the de facto standard for how to conduct research with First Nations.

Standing for ownership, control, access and possession, OCAP® asserts that First Nations have control over data collection processes in their communities, and that they own and control how this information can be used.

What do the four “OCAP®” principles mean?

There are four components of OCAP®: Ownership, Control, Access and Possession.

Take a Look! "A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age" by: Laura A. Millar

[Excerpt] The safeguarding of authentic facts is essential, especially in this disruptive Orwellian age, where digital technologies have opened the door to a post-truth world in which “alternative facts” can be so easily accepted as valid. And because facts matter, evidence matters. In this urgent manifesto, archives luminary Millar makes the case that authentic and accurate records, archives, data, and other sources of documentary proof are crucial in supporting and fostering a society that is respectful, democratic, and self-aware.

Connect and Engage With ARMA International’s Mentorship Program

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The time commitment’s small, but the outcome can change an entire career! Don’t miss this opportunity to make connections, offer professional guidance, share knowledge and experiences, and build a stronger community.

In the program, seasoned members are matched with those who are newer to the field and are seeking professional guidance. Matches are made based on the results of our short survey, with the goal of optimizing the mentor/mentee partnerships.

Mentors and mentees are matched every six months using the term schedule below. To participate, simply read the code of conduct and fill out the survey. We will connect you to your mentor or mentee at the beginning of the next term. Once you are matched and the term starts, you will receive an email introduction to start connecting right away.

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Want to be a Mentor?

If you have been an ARMA International member for at least three years, you can sign up as a mentor and help guide a newer information professional along his or her path to career success.

Visit our Mentor FAQs for more information.

 

Want to Find a Mentor?

Have you been in the industry for less than five years and would like career guidance and advices

If so, you can sign up to become a mentee and be paired with one of our long-term members.

Visit our Mentee FAQs for more information.

 This is your opportunity to make our community even stronger. Sign up today!

Please note: The ARMA International mentorship program is primarily via phone and e-mail and is not a replacement for in-person networking. Please check out local mentorship opportunities run by your regions and chapters as well.

AABC Archivist's Toolkit Updated!

Wanting to look for more resources on archives and records management in the New Year? You’re in luck! The Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC) just updated their resource toolkit for everyone to use. Take a look at what they have to offer here:

https://aabc.ca/resources/archivists-toolkit/

AABC's Distance Education Workshop on Oral History NOW OPEN!!

Register for AABC’s Distance education courses

Oral history is undergoing a resurgence, thanks to the digital environment and the Internet.  What are the components of an oral history program? How should an oral history interview be conducted? What documentation is required to ensure that an archive has acquired the rights to ownership and use of the interviews? 

Using two recently revised publications: Curating Oral Histories and The Oral History Reader,  students will be introduced to the theory and practice of conducting a successful oral history program in seven modules.