No Future without Memory: from Digital to the Stories

No Future without Memory: from Digital to the Stories

Monday, October 30, 2023, took place the conference “No Future without Memory: from Digital to the Stories”, organized by Casa della Memoria di Urbisaglia.

The conference, chaired by  Egizia Marzocco, Communication Manager of Unicam, focused on various experiences of digitization of historical documents regarding civil internment in the years of the Second World War, in particular those regarding the Urbisaglia camp.

The conference opened with institutional greetings from Giuseppe Sposetti (President of Fondazione Giustiniani Bandini, owner of Villa Bandini), Giovanna Salvucci (President of Casa della Memoria di Urbisaglia), Paolo Francesco Giubileo (mayor of Urbisaglia), Mauro Sclavi (mayor of Tolentino), and Francesco Sabatucci Frisciotti Stendardi (President of Fondazione Carima).

A particularly warm welcome was given to Professor Claudio Pettinari, on his last official outing as Università di Camerino rector: he underlined the significance of the term “memory” with respect to remembrance, recalling its value also with respect to the dramatic experience of the 2016 earthquake which on the 30th October experienced the most brutal shock.

Professor Angelo Ventrone, delegate of Università di Macerata and scientific advisor of the Casa della Memoria, emphasized how «Safeguarding memory is an easier operation today, because digitization will make the sources available to all and, consequently, stimulate and increase research”.

The introductory speech was given by Professor Carlo Spartaco Capogreco, of the University of Calabria, who spoke about civilian internment in fascist Italy (1940-43), noting how only at the end of the last century did attention to the topic begin to develop.

It was then the turn of Giovanna Salvucci, President of the Casa della Memoria di Urbisaglia, who retraced its history, underlining the intention to promote  research on the Internment Camp of Urbisaglia (Italy), to collect and provide information about the people who were imprisoned there, and to pay tribute to the victims of fascist repression and to all those who opposed the barbarity of war and racism.

Riccardo Ciliberti, collaborator of the State Archives of Macerata, illustrated the objectives of the National Digitization Plan.

It was then the turn of the Unicam Professors Andrea Polini, Michele Loreti, and doctoral student Melania Fattorini to report on the digital acquisition system of documents stored in the State Archives of Macerata. The digitization, carried out by Unicam students, was done with a system called BooKeeper, developed by the Unicam startup and spin-off Knoway Systems srl.

In this first phase, launched thanks to a contribution from Fondazione Carima, Unicam digitized 6,725 documents contained in 6 folders, out of a total of about 42,560 documents contained in the 38 folders of the Archive.

The last part of the conference compared different experiences of digitization thanks to the contribution of Andrea Giuseppini ( promoter and editor of the website campifascisti.it), Marzia Luppi, (director of the Fossoli Foundation) and Giordano Viozzi (President of the Casa della Memoria di Servigliano). Anna Krecik, curator of the Museo della Risiera di San Sabba, also followed the conference online. 

They all appreciated the initiative and agreed to establish a coordination between institutions, each making their skills and experience available to others, to optimize the use of resources and achieve maximum effectiveness in initiatives.