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ArcheoBiblioBase (ABB) – Urgence

English-Language Directory and Reference Bibliography for Russian Archives and Manuscript Repositories

An expanded ABB needs a new home !

by Patricia Kennedy Grimsted

2010 ArcheoBiblioBase Expansion

In February 2010, IISH launched expanded coverage on the ABB website, adding three more updated sections from the data files from the 2000 published English-language directory, Archives of Russia : A Directory and Bibliographic Guide to Holdings in Moscow and St. Petersburg, 2 vols. (Armonk NY : M.E. Sharpe, 2000) : (Part E). Over 50 repositories under Russian Academies (Science, Medicine, Art, Education, etc), universities, and research institutes ; (Part F). Archival repositories of several independent agencies, including Memorial and the former People’s Archive (now held in RGANI). (Part G). Archives and manuscript holdings in major libraries, 11 in Moscow and 13 in St. Petersburg, some involving multiple divisions. Work continues in the off-line database by the ArcheoBiblioBase coordinator in Moscow and Dr Grimsted to update the coverage of archival holdings in museums (Part H), which it is hoped can be completed by the end of 2010.

ABB website to expire at the end of 2010 ?

Unfortunately, almost simultaneously with the ABB expansion, the International Institute of Social History (IISH / IISG), Amsterdam, has informed Dr. Grimsted that further IISH funding and website maintenance for ArcheoBiblioBase will expire at the end of 2010. Following almost 15 years of generous IISH support, ArcheoBiblioBase must find a new institutional home. A new sponsor and Internet facility is urgently needed for the recently updated and expanded English-language version of the Internet database of Russian archives and related bibliography. IISH is prepared to make the Internet database it has developed for ABB available to an appropriate institution at no cost. Given past sponsorship over the years, a commercial arrangement must be ruled out.

Ideally ABB, which started as a collaborative project of IREX with Rosarkhiv in 1992, could best be taken over in Moscow by Rosarkhiv and incorporated in the Rosarkhiv website, and/or some other Russian agency. Most appropriate, some collaborative arrangement with a western partner institution could be worked out with Rosarkhiv. Such negotiations are planned during Dr Grimsted’s forthcoming visit to Russia (June 2010). Other alternatives could also be considered. (Please respond with any suggestions off-list to Patricia Kennedy Grimsted ).

IISH has recently reported use statistics for its ArcheoBiblioBase website as among its most popular sites. Between March and December 2009, it counted between 1,295 and 1,843 unique visitors per month, with the number of visits ranging from a low of 2,189 (and 64,020 page-views) in December to 3,043 (and 96,321 page-views) in October. The expanded coverage of ABB launched in February 2010 is here publicly announced for the first time. So far statistics for the number of unique visitors in the first two months of 2010 were 1,623 for January (with 2,399 visits and 68,927 page-views) and 1,507 for February (2,205 visits and 66,835 page-views). Certainly such interest should justify the continuation of the English version of ABB.

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