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#FridayDiscoBackup and other pro backup tips

We recently learned of a human rights organization that had their offices broken into and their computers stolen. Sadly, this is nothing new. Human rights groups are often targeted for the important information they have (evidence of abuse, documentation on corruption, witness testimonies, etc). In this case, however, the organization took all the right steps […]

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Monitoring economic, social and cultural rights: Resources for practitioners

Often, when people hear “human rights documentation” they think of the practice of collecting, recording and documenting human rights violations. This “event” method of documentation is important for various reasons, including judicial, historical, educational or archiving. It is the method that is used most frequently by most human rights groups. But there is another, complementary […]

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Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists and Records Managers in Support of Human Rights

Those who are managing human rights archives and records now have a new set of principles and duties to further professionalize, support, and protect their work. The “Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists and Records Managers in Support of Human Rights” have been developed by the Human Rights Working Group of the International Council […]

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How to digitize your human rights document archive

It’s easy to de-prioritize dealing with that room full of paper that has accumulated over the years – the many reports, letters, books, press clippings, images, etc. But there are some important reasons why it’s worth giving some attention to your paper-based archive. This article explains the importance of digitizing human rights archives, and will […]

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Ilham Tohti Selected As Martin Ennals Award Laureate

Ilham Tohti was selected by a jury of 10 global Human Rights organizations as the laureate of the 2016 Martin Ennals Award. The Award is given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. The aim of the award is to provide protection through international recognition. Strongly supported by the […]

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Call for Nominations – 2017 Martin Ennals Award

The Martin Ennals Foundation has called for nominations for the 2017 Martin Ennals Award, an annual prize for human rights defenders. The goal of the award is to recognise the work of courageous human rights defenders, and provide protection when they are at risk. HURIDOCS is one of the ten organisations forming the jury. Deadline: […]

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Retaining your ability to fight nefarious lawsuits through smart data retention

This article is cross-posted from the engine room blog. It was originally published in September 2015 and written by Kristin Antin. Keeping data after projects end often involves spending time and effort to comply with legal requirements and archiving rules. Why does it matter? Imagine this scenario: A human rights organization is collecting information about […]

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HURIDOCS seeking Executive Director: Job description and requirements

HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International) is seeking a new Executive Director effective immediately. HURIDOCS is an international NGO based in Geneva, Switzerland. Since its establishment in 1982, its focus has been to provide advice and assistance to human rights organisations in developing best practices for their documentation work, as well as providing […]

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Applying machine learning to human rights documentation – an interview with Natalie

At HURIDOCS, we are exploring how to use machine learning to help human rights advocates sift through large document collections to find the needles in the haystack. Possible use cases: to find the right legal arguments in the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, or to to find traces of discriminatory sentencing in […]

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We are hiring: Full Stack PHP Web Developer (Remote – Full time – USD 24k)

We are an international NGO helping human rights organisations use information technologies and documentation methods to maximise the impact of their advocacy work. Currently we are engaged in different projects with more than 50 organizations all across the globe. To help our partners, we create our own tools: OpenEvSys: for documenting human rights violations (MySQL, […]

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File naming conventions: why you want them and how to create them

We’ve all been there: you’re asked to review the most recent draft of a document. You log-in to your organisation’s shared-folders and look for the file, but you can’t tell which version of the document you should be reviewing: Grant-proposal-henry-edits-finalfinal.doc Grant-proposal-final-Nora_edits_v4.doc FINAL_proposal_Aug2016_kct-updated.doc This is just one small example of an information management weakness that can […]

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Survey: What info management topics do you want to discuss with peers?

UPDATE: As of July 26, 2016, we heard from around 10 people regarding community discussion topics. The most requested topics are: Managing contacts for human rights orgs (CRM platforms), Best practices in standarising data collection, Central repositories for multi-organisational documentation efforts, and Fundamentals of human rights documentation. If you would like to share your knowledge […]

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Upcoming Workshop: The Role of Television Broadcasts/Archives in the Aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars

Prime Time Nationalism | The Role of Television Broadcasts/Archives in the Aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars A conference and workshop organized by the Donald and Vera Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University (CEU) with support from CEU Conferences and Academic Events Fund (CAEF) May 13-14, 2016 | Budapest The manipulative role of […]

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Join us at RightsCon March 29: RDF Human Rights Documentation

Will you be in San Fransisco for RightsCon? Are you interested in Responsible Data and human rights documentation? Please join us for RDF Human Rights Documentation March. Human Rights Documentation March 29 2016 Thoughtworks, 814 Mission St, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 This is a one day event on March 29 by HURIDOCS, the engine room, Amnesty International, and […]

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We Pay Our Interns, Proudly

Today, we are one of 27 international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) launching a Charter to encourage all international actors to provide stipends to all interns: WePayOurInterns.org Following other campaigns pushing for change like the “Pay your interns” Initiative and Mr. David Hyde, interning at the United Nations, pretending to be homeless in order to raise awareness on […]

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Verifying visual data of human rights violations at DiploHack

Over a 48-hour period at the Human Rights DiploHack February 29, we experimented and innovated on projects and challenges presented by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The results were presented during #HRC31.  Big verification challenge: human rights violations Our team, Pictrue, focused on collecting and verifying evidence of human rights violations. Every day human rights […]

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