1st International Archive Congress on Ottoman Lands


The majority of the diverse cultural treasures of archive inherited from the Ottoman Empire are currently stored at the Department of Archive affiliated to the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre. Our archive includes economic, socio-cultural and demographic records of 26 countries from three continents, and serves as an integral part of Turkish and Global History research.

In an effort to promote such a diverse cultural heritage of archive for the domestic and international circles of academics and highlight the role of our directorate as a major hub of knowledge, the first edition of the International Congress on the Management of the Ottoman's Cultural Archive Heritage and the Role of Land Registry Archives was held on November 21 to 23, 2012.

The congress was attended by academics, presidents, heads of organizations/institutes and general directors of 32 countries ranging from Japan, Pakistan, Hungary and the United Kingdom to the Netherlands, Germany, Qatar, Yemen, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Lebanon and Egypt. Apart from 78 academic papers, more than 2000 participants including 1760 registered ones took part in the Congress that offered specific sessions, as well. The fact that it was a scientific convention that attracted the highest number of participants in Europe in terms of archive and history were all referred by the articles penned by the scientists and the addresses delivered in the following events. Having earned credits for the scientific topics and the entire organization, the Congress was covered by domestic and international press members for the content and outputs, thus making a great contribution to the promotion of our archives.

The Congress gathered the states and institutions, which are equipped with the archival heritage inherited from the Ottoman Empire, in line with the shared culture, history and civilization, and thus made it possible to take a major step to introduce, harness, exchange and incorporate our common values into the scientific world. The Congress has also assumed a significant mission to cooperate with the attending states and organizations in joint training, technological development and archival practices, and launch a modern structure that meets the international standards for our authorities. Apart from the emphasis on the importance and value of our cultural heritage, the participants of the Congress also addressed the storage, maintenance and electronic transfer of the archives as well as the technological advances to play a guiding role for our directorate