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17 September 2008
18 September 2008 the Belarusian Research Centre for Electronic Records (BelNITsED) marks ten years since its foundation. During the past years the Centre played a leading role in the developing of normative and procedural documents for electronic recordkeeping and executed major works in the automation of archives in the Republic of Belarus. One of the significant products created by BelNITsED is the Archives of Belarus Website, which has been developed and maintained since 1999.

The centre scholars can be proud of many information systems created independently or jointly with other institutions. These include the electronic Atlas Directory "Gubernia" for the Belarusian provinces of the former Russian Empire, the automated information system of the State Heraldry Register, the Rehabilitated Persons Database, and more. These information products have already been introduced into practices of the Belarusian archives and receive a good response.

The Centre is an active participant in an international project under the UNESCO auspices aimed at the electronic reconstruction of the archives and library from the Niasvizh estate of the Radziwill magnates, whose collections had been created from the late 16th to the early 20th centuries, and are now dispersed in many archives and libraries of Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and other countries. In the year 2007 the Centre guided the preparation of the Dossier of the Niasvizh Radziwill Archives and Library Collection, needed for its nomination to the UNESCO Memory of the World Registry. The Centre is also the author of the CD-ROM Information System "Niasvizh, a Cultural Centre of Europe and a National Monument" created in 2005 at the request of the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO.

05 September 2008
An international scholarly conference "The Prague Spring. The International Crisis 1968" was held in Austria on August 20-22, 2008.

The conference has finalized the project that have been implemented for two years by the Austrian Boltzmann Institute for Research on War Consequences, the Russian State Archives of Contemporary History, and the History Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences, with the participation of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

The conference brought together scholars and archivists from 20 countries, including Austria, Germany, Russia, Belarus, USA, Czechia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Estonia.

The seven sessions discussed the issues of the reform process in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic; the positions of the USSR, the USA, Austria, Germany, China and other countries in the international crisis of 1968; the role of CIA, KGB and Ministry of Internal Affairs in the conflict; and the Prague Spring and the Soviet republics.

The conference also heard the reports delivered by V. Selemenev, Director at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and A. Sharkov, professor and department head at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
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