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ACA 2018: Truths, Trust and Technology

June 6 - 09, 2018 | Edmonton, AB

Call for Proposls: Deadline October 1, 2017

The 2018 ACA Conference will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, at the Chateau Lacombe.  It will engage with the theme truths, trust and technology. The truth - whatever that is - is messy these days. In the “post-truth” era, lies can seem more convincing than facts, and in an era of discourse on decolonization, Canadians are reflecting on new truths about historical facts.   “Truths” become “lies” depending on context and interpretative lens.  The very existence of facts may even be open to question.  Contributing to the messy truth is technology.  Social media propagates “click bait” and state sponsored misinformation as news. Politicians use instant messaging apps to avoid public accountability.  Cloud technology continues to create confusion about ownership and integrity of records. Cybersecurity risks are on the rise. Black boxed algorithms parse personal information, generating models that predict human behaviour. Big data becomes bigger.  These technical infrastructures - social media, cloud technology, algorithms and others - that gather, store and analyze data have become increasingly complex, often invisible, and hidden infrastructures. Archivists are challenged to understand them and to preserve and provide access to records created or stored in them.

At the same time, archivists are embracing technology to preserve digital records; to visualize the archival world; to engage more meaningfully with the public; to rescue records threated by government policy changes or conflict, and to empower non-dominant ways of knowing. Digital technologies enable remote use of archival holdings, while linked data and other semantic technologies allow diverse and contested record sets to be brought into conversation and made whole, analyzed and visualized anew. Social functionalities, participatory archiving and digital annotations allow the same records to tell many stories. Clouds and blockchains offer new approaches to record keeping and digital preservation that may transform traditional approaches to the performance of archival functions. Amidst this technological and social backdrop, we can be certain that archivists must sustain their role as trusted custodians of the historical record. How might archives and archivists need to adapt? What new approaches, competencies and skills will be needed? How can archivists help people to realize the enriched insights into historical truths that knowledge of context and provenance offers?  Where does “truth” lie for archives and for humanity?

Registration information

Registration opens

March 1, 2018

Workshop Early Bird deadline

April 7, 2018

Conference Early Bird deadline

April 21, 2018

Hotel registration deadline

May 4, 2018

Pre-registration deadline

May 4, 2018

Registration fees

ACA Member

ACA Member Regular Fee


ACA Members Early Bird Fee


ACA Member One Day Rate


ACA Student Member Rate



Non-Member Early Bird Fee


Non-Member Regular Fee


Non-Member One Day Fee


Pre-Conference Workshop

One Day Workshop Early Bird Fee


One Day Workshop Regular Fee



Delegates can register onsite at the regular fee rate for ACA Members and Non-Members. A $50 charge. On-site registrants are not eligible to participate in the opening reception or luncheons.

Exhibitor (includes 2 representatives per booth)


Guest (covers meals and breaks)

Please contact ACA Office ( if the guest would like to attend only one event.



GST (5%) applies to all fees.

*Rate applies to members in good standing and to ARMA and AAQ members through the


Online registration is available for ACA Members, ACA Students Members and those registering at the Non-Members. Please use the PDF registration form if you are registering as an International delegate. If you are planning to attend the workshops on Wednesday, June 7th please use the PDF Workshop form.

For ARMA and AAQ members wishing to register at the ACA member rate per association agreements, please use the PDF registration form.