The Bridgeway Foundation commits to supporting/funding University of Texas at Austin's sustainable digital archiving and documentation center in support of human rights and social justice efforts around the world. It will be the first ever mass atrocity digital archive in the world. The intent of the archive is to address two different needs. The first is the need for access to evidence and records of violations of human rights to various governments, courts, and human rights communities. The second need to be met by the digital archive is to provide a primary source of information to researchers, teachers, and other academia to educate and illuminate the progress of international human rights movement. This information may prove invaluable in helping to predict and potentially prevent future mass atrocities.
The strategy to create this human rights violations archive will consist of four parts: harvesting and digital archiving of internet records; organization and preservation of printed records; digital capture and archiving of fragile audio and video records; and creation of a durable digital repository for preserving and controlling access to these records of human rights violations and genocide.
Bridgeway will augment these collection enrichment activities through several methods. These include direct funding through a three year grant, partnering with other non-profit and human rights organizations, providing council and setting parameters, and collecting and contributing source material to archive. The Kigali Memorial Centre, which serves to document and memorialize the human rights violations and 1994 genocide in Rwanda, will serve as the first internationally based pilot project of the program.
The implementation period for this commitment will take approximately three years, with each year committed to obtaining, collecting and preserving 30 terabyes of usable storage. The maintenance and operations for each year will include collection development, travel, digital scanning and operation, and the operations performed by a team of system engineers and quality assurance GRA's.
Each of the three years will include implementation of the Kigali Documentation Centre (KDC) by Aegis Trust. The first year of KDC implementation will include Phase 1 of the build out of the Documentation Centre, shift of focus to collection of additional rescuer and perpetrator testimonies, cataloguing and indexing government archives, and the assistance of the University of Texas to assist with research programs, curating public domain data and anonymized information. Years two and three continue to see federation of data through partners and collaborators, as well as the completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the Documentation Centre.
Bridgeway Charitable Foundation currently focuses on conflict resolution and peace keeping projects in specific African regions. This focus relates to the digital archiving commitment by providing informational access to the legal, governmental, and academic sectors of the world with the intent of directly addressing the prevention of human rights violations and genocides. Educating through a collective and organized method is an acutely needed area of human rights activism, and this commitment hopes to address that need.
In addition to the Rwandan genocide, other mass atrocities historical data will be collected and archived.
Bridgeway Foundation will continue to seek partnership with other non-profit and human rights organizations to gather information that can be included in the archives, such as current mass atrocity information; i.e., Darfur, DRC, as well as past documentation.