The Transition Archive is a special module part of the "Knowledge and Memory Policy" project. A team of several researchers builds a representative archive of organizational documents and personal testimonies about the Transition period in Bulgaria and its social history.
There are masses of documents created in various governmental, none-governmental, public and private organizations in the last nineteen years which are not systematically archived, they are not properly stored and sometimes are inevitably lost. Most of them are considered insignificant. In other cases there is lack of awareness for the importance of the institutional archive. Now it is the time these documents to be discovered, recovered, structured and digitally archived. The next step is to make them publicly accessible through the internet so researchers, journalists, students and citizens can openly explore and discuss this rich database. Preservation and analyses of documents walk hand in hand. In their turn represented institutions become more transparent by giving free access to documents very often not found on their official web-pages on internet.
The first phase of the project is focused on collecting of NGO documents.
Parallel to this main trend the project also gives the opportunity for online submission and publication of personal documents and individual testimonies from the Transition period: documents, video materials, etc.
The main goal is the stimulation of institutions and the public to preserve and mediate their own memory about the past. The tomorrow making of history depends on today efforts. The project is implemented by Martin Ivanov (project manager), Venelin Stoychev and Orlin Spassov (experts).