IDFI is implementing several projects aimed at raising awareness about the Democratic Republic of Georgia and commemorating the 100th anniversary of its creation. One such project involves publishing a memorial album featuring Nikoloz (Karlo) Chkheidze, a prominent politician of the time.
Although transparency and accountability constitute declared proprieties on the political agenda of the Government of Georgia, the country still stands considerably behind in regards with access to historical archives as compared to other Eastern European states.
Identification of burials and remains of the victims of the Soviet-era terror is a demanding challenge for the post-Soviet countries. Many of these countries have started searching for such burial sites not at all recently, several mass burial sites have already been found and these countries have paid tribute to the repressed. There was no such precedent in Georgia as of yet, the search for burial sites and graves in the 1990s were largely in vain due to the destruction of archives and lack of information.
It is important for Georgia to develop legislation of high standards on the freedom and accessibility of information. the country should adopt the "Lustration" law and support the study of totalitarian epoch, archival materials and the youth participation in this process. It is also necessary to specify the concept of "personal data" in relation to archival documents.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), together with an international network of archive experts and with the financial support from the Open Society Institute - Budapest Foundation, developed a methodology to evaluate the openness of state archives. The evaluation was done on 20 state archives in 10 post-Soviet countries.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), with the financial support from the Open Society Institute – Budapest Foundation (OSI), presented a new website www.Open-Archives.org for evaluation of the openness of the state archives in the post-Soviet countries.
On September 20-22 international conference - Archival Studies, Source Studies – Trends and Challenges was held at the National Archives of Georgia.
Executive Director of the IDFI Giorgi Kldiashvili, Programs Director Levan Avalishvili and Archives and Soviet studies Direction Head, Anton Vatcharadze participated in the project of the Policy Studies Institute CEVRO.
On April 27-28, IDFI hosted an international conference titled: Enhancing the Openness of State Archives. The event enabled more than 30 archivists from over 20 countries to share their experiences on the accessibility of archival documents to the public. Topics discussed at the conference included: the best international practice of archive openness; legal regulations and practice of access to archives; access to state security archives; challenges in accessing archives; and archive openness in post-soviet countries.
Anton Vatcharadze, coordinator of the project Openness of State Archives in Former Soviet Republics participated in the 4th Croatia ICARUS days & EURBICA Conference. The tagline of the event was European Archival Landscape: Reaching out for New Horizons.