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A building for the Keeper of the original

All the world speaks of digitisation, and the state archives of the Canton of Zurich is upgrading its cabinets. Next Friday and Saturday, the extension will be inaugurated with a public festival. The construction of the Zurich-based architectural office "architektick" is a seamless continuation of the existing building, and offers in its four basement space for sixteen to eighteen kilometres of documents and books.

"Still records with us, especially in paper form, from the 20. and 21. Century," says state archivist Beat Gnädinger. The mountain of Files is growing annually by about 700 meters. The are, however, only about two percent of the cantonal services offered documents.

At the Uni Irchel: The new construction blends in seamlessly with the existing building. Image Urs Jaudas

These are in fact spotted by employees, whether they are actually lore-worthy. For some, the mass may be kept only samples.

digitalization little noticeable

Gnädinger assumes that the flood of paper decreases in the next two decades, only slowly. The digitisation is also in the state archives, but it is only in building 4 right visible. This is already under consideration today: for approximately 2035.

For quite some time, more and more analog, audio visual original in the state archives: slides, photos, tapes, Videos... it's well prepared, thanks to construction 3.

We rise in the fourth sub-basement of building 3 down. And pass through several climate zones, from temperate to polar zero degree.

From dry to wet

Gnädinger, the complicated climate explains climatic conditions: parchment must be relatively cool and moist, stored in paper in a cool and dry. Audio not aging visual media quickly, you have to have it cold and dry. And the people who work in the state archive – employees and customers – to feel comfortable in moderate temperatures and not too dry air.

Pleasant workplaces for employees and customers. Image: Urs Jaudas

the new building offers and more. As for the sensitive Videos, and audiotapes in four climate chambers were set up: The coldest is cooled to polar zero degrees, in the warmest Mr about fifteen degrees.

requires a corresponding Original from the Zero-degree magazine, do not need to be acclimated gradually, so that it begins to "sweat". Similar to tricky a lot of documents to light, which requires about a UV Filter in the Windows respond.

The new construction meets the latest requirements of the protection of Cultural property and the Standards of the Minergie P-Eco. He has a sophisticated Cooling and heating system and equipped with Photovoltaic. The energy for the underground, the required refrigeration is produced on the roofs of building 2 and 3.

a Lot of technology: The sophisticated Cooling and heating system is powered with a homemade power. Image: Urs Jaudas

the cassettes are all a bit much of a fuss to old paper, old tapes and video? You could digitize but also. The digitization of files is not only time-consuming and expensive, it is also Information is lost, says Gnädinger. Therefore, the state archives makes only the most Central files series, digital full texts. "We are here the keepers of the originals."

the charm of The Originals

Gnädinger notes about dealing with Middle school students, especially very young people, through original documents bonds. "The idea that one has the Original and not some copy or image on a screen, is a special experience."

in Addition, you never know what of interest to later generations. This could also be the Material of a phonogram or the noise of a Super-Eight film. Currently is being evaluated, whether the old recordings of the cantonal Council meetings are archived.

glass drop: construction art of Tobias Rehberger. Image: Urs Jaudas

The sessions are logged, all in writing, but listening to you, what a big difference it is, whether it's in the Protocol "laughter" is, or whether you can hear laughter throughout the Council, according to the neck. "The recordings are so strongly suspected, to be a tradition worthy of it," says Beat Gnädinger.

this member of the Parliament approved in March of 2016 for the construction of 3 of the state archives with 162 votes to 9 a loan of 25 million francs. In the log there is nothing of laughter.

the day of the open house: Friday, 5. July, 14 to 18 PM, Saturday, 6. July, 10 to 17 clock. With guided tours and Workshops. Tram stop Universität Irchel or Milchbuck. www.staatsarchiv.zh.ch


Created: 02.07.2019, 13:58 PM

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