APEx project - Articles http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:56:05 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb The Historical Archive Reborn — Approach and Strategy for the Archive Network http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/214-the-historical-archive-reborn-approach-and-strategy-for-the-archive-network http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/214-the-historical-archive-reborn-approach-and-strategy-for-the-archive-network

Chezkie Kasnett: The Historical Archive Reborn — Approach and Strategy for the Archive Network

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The Israel Heritage Archive Network Project (IHAN) was launched in January 2013 as part of the national "LandMarks" cultural heritage project. Aimed at all archive institutions situated throughout Israel that contain historical material of cultural heritage value, participating archives include public, private, government, and commercial archives. The aim of IHAN is two-fold. Firstly, IHAN aims to digitally preserve valuable cultural heritage materials for the future, and secondly to make these materials freely available to the public online.

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(Chezkie Kasnett ) Articles Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:27:48 +0100
The Role of Functional Provenance between Archival Appraisal and Description — do we need an EAC-F standard? http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/210-the-role-of-functional-provenance-between-archival-appraisal-and-description-do-we-need-an-eac-f-standard http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/210-the-role-of-functional-provenance-between-archival-appraisal-and-description-do-we-need-an-eac-f-standard

Karsten Kühnel: The Role of Functional Provenance between Archival Appraisal and Description — do we need an EAC–F standard?

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The ICA metatdata model for archival description is divided into four main entities as are records, creators, functions and repositories. Although it is common opinion that these entities are interconnected closely by different kinds of relationships, and although the ICA came up to them with four descriptive standards, up to now, machine–readable standards can be found only for three of these entities. Records, creators and repositories can be described on XML basis by EAD, EAC–CPF and EAG. Functions, however, still lack in an appropriate pendant, which could become represented in an EAC library for describing functions. If functions assigned to an entity would be seen as reasons for why an entity starts operating, then functions could be considered as sources of provenance. Functions as basis for the definition of fonds and for a methodology of archival description would be marginalized in the context of a digital finding aid system, if there would not be adequate tools for describing them. Thus, archivists should take into account to foster establishing an EAC–F standard.

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(Karsten Kühnel) Articles Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:36:06 +0100
The Irish Traditional Music Archive & The Inishowen Song Project http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/205-grace-toland-the-irish-traditional-music-archive-the-inishowen-song-project http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/205-grace-toland-the-irish-traditional-music-archive-the-inishowen-song-project

Grace Toland: The Irish Traditional Music Archive & The Inishowen Song Project

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In 2008 the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) began publishing digitised materials on its website. Digitisation and web publishing provide the archive with a means of giving world wide access to a selection of its extensive sound, print, video, still image & manuscript collections. To-date the ITMA Digital Library contains 3,839 digital items – sound, print, images, videos & interactive music scores - with accompanying metadata, PDFs (where possible) and brief contextual essays. ITMA's digital metadata is harvested regularly by Europeana and made available via the europeana.eu portal. In 2011, a local Donegal development organisation, the Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle (ITSC) approached ITMA with a proposal to use its Digital Library to host local audio & video field recordings of traditional singers and accompanying material. With Leader funding The Inishowen Song Project (ISP) was completed in March 2013. The ISP microsite now gives free searchable access to 524 audio recordings, 75 videos; images/info on 157 singers and downloadable PDFs of 599 songs.

The following text gives an overview of ITMA's Digital Library and a case study on the Inishowen Song Project with its structure, content and potential as a resource locally and internationally.

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(Grace Toland) Articles Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:27:53 +0100
Archives Portal Europe – A Challenge of Harmonisation and Outreach http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/200-karin-bredenberg-silke-jagodzinski-archives-portal-europe-a-challenge-of-harmonisation-and-outreach http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/200-karin-bredenberg-silke-jagodzinski-archives-portal-europe-a-challenge-of-harmonisation-and-outreach

Karin Bredenberg, Silke Jagodzinski: Archives Portal Europe – A Challenge of Harmonisation and Outreach

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The Archives Portal Europe is providing a central platform for publication of and research in archival material based on standardisation and tools, but also for professional exchange of knowledge and experiences. The text shows the approach of two European projects, APEnet and APEx, to define common profiles for the international archival standards from ICA for the portal in order to present different traditions of archival descriptions. While the challenge of harmonisation was tackled by building a network of European archivists, there is still the challenge of outreach. For further success we need to ensure the data quality of the provided archival descriptions and we must not forget the users requirements.

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(Karin Bredenberg, Silke Jagodzinski) Articles Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:08:11 +0200
Working on European archival information system linking encoded data - the Census-Guide to Archives and EAG, a common history http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/197-working-on-european-archival-information-system-linking-encoded-data-the-census-guide-to-archives-and-eag-a-common-history http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/197-working-on-european-archival-information-system-linking-encoded-data-the-census-guide-to-archives-and-eag-a-common-history

Ana María López Cuadrado: Working on European archival information system linking encoded data — the Census-Guide to Archives and EAG, a common history

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Census-Guide for Spanish and Latin American Archives was born in the 1980s, in the Archives Documentary Information Centre (CIDA), under the Ministry of Culture, with the objective of disseminating and controlling the Spanish documentary heritage. One decade later, the Latin American heritage was also included. Nowadays, Census-Guide is an archival information system that pursues a comprehensive standardisation of its data bases. Its work philosophy is based on cooperation with different archival institutions which want to enter their data in our system. They may use any of the online possibilities we offer. The enormous amount of information that the Census-Guide harbours (over 50,000 records) is the reason why it is essential to establish the most appropriate standardisation of information policies, as well as keeping updated with the advances in technology and in other sciences. Thus, it may improve not only the speed and reliability of the information recovery to researchers, but also the usability of our systems for archivists. At this time, the results offered by Web 2.0 and the philosophy of re-using the information, besides the importance of standardisation of data to achieve these two exponents, make the Census-Guide focus its efforts on this point. This is exactly where we are currently working.

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(Ana María López Cuadrado) Articles Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:15:49 +0200
What's in a title? - Aboutness versus intellectual form in archival description http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/193-eddy-put-what-s-in-a-title-aboutness-versus-intellectual-form-in-archival-description http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/193-eddy-put-what-s-in-a-title-aboutness-versus-intellectual-form-in-archival-description

Eddy Put: What's in a Title? — Aboutness versus Intellectual Form in Archival Description{ref}I would like to thank Terry Eastwood for his comments on an earlier version of this article, as well as An Verscuren and Craig Harline for the revision of the language.{/ref}

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The special relationship between form and content, its archival representation and the way researchers deal with the opacity of archival material are known archival cruxes. Archivists are confronted with the limits of accessibility when they describe items in a purely formal way (accounts, sentence registers, notarial deeds, etc). The emergence of an online research context has made this problem even more pressing. Sophisticated finding aids and powerful search engines very often create the highly deceptive illusion that researchers can have the content of millions of sources immediately at their fingertips. But archivists do not always succeed in bridging the gap between their formal descriptions and the content–based questions of researchers. The following text discusses the challenge and possible approaches of creating archival descriptions in the era of search engines and databases, especially for early modern serial archives.

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(Eddy Put) Articles Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:14:34 +0200
Cross-border Discoveries in the Archives Portal Europe http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/189-cross-border-discoveries-in-the-archives-portal-europe http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/189-cross-border-discoveries-in-the-archives-portal-europe

Angelika Menne-Haritz: Cross-border Discoveries in the Archives Portal Europe

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The Archives Portal Europe allows us to make new discoveries without knowing what the end result will be. Users often are surprised about what they find out. Their researches need a lot of work, new ideas and imagination. The following article describes three examples of cross-border researches. They concern aspects of European history that involved several countries in Europe. Therefore, there should be material on them in more than one archival institution. Even if the portal is only at the beginning of bringing this information together, the advantages of cross-border researches are already visible.

This paper was presented by Angelika Menne-Haritz, APEx Scientific Coordinator, at the 29th EBNA-Meeting, Athens, June 5th 2014.

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(Angelika Menne-Haritz) Articles Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:22:03 +0200
Small Scale, Big Change - the Impact of Social Media http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/186-small-scale-big-change-the-impact-of-social-media http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/186-small-scale-big-change-the-impact-of-social-media

Guinevere Barlow, Laura Gould: Small Scale, Big Change - the Impact of Social Media

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With increasing numbers of platforms, each with promoters and detractors alike, social media has presented an opportunity for heritage organisations and projects to engage with audiences in new ways. Faced with limited resources, the question of time input versus return is critical, not to mention issues such as getting to grips with technology, audience requirements and social media etiquette.

Operating within the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Research Collections (CRC), Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) and the Carmichael Watson Project (CWP) are both inscribed to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register (LHSA’s Edinburgh and Lothian HIV/AIDS Collection was added in 2011 and the Carmichael Watson Collection in 2014). Both LHSA and CWP have adopted a number of social media platforms as part of promotion and engagement strategies. These small steps have had a disproportionately large impact, and resulted in changed working practices at both the organisational and individual level.

This paper was co-presented by the two authors in June 2013.

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(Guinevere Barlow, Laura Gould) Articles Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:00:27 +0200
Archival authority control: an introduction to Encoded Archival Context for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families (EAC-CPF) http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/184-archival-authority-control-an-introduction-to-encoded-archival-context-corporate-bodies-persons-and-families http://www.apex-project.eu/index.php/en/articles/184-archival-authority-control-an-introduction-to-encoded-archival-context-corporate-bodies-persons-and-families

Aranzazu Lafuente Urién: Archival authority control: an introduction to Encoded Archival Context for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families (EAC-CPF)

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The Archival theory and practice have always recognized the importance of the context of the production of documents. The ISAAR (CPF) and EAC-CPF are standards whose primary aims are the formalisation of the name of the creator as the primary key for the international exchange. How has the process of archival authorities developed? How have these standards evolved until today? What are the relationships between archival authority control and librarian authority control? How they match together, what are their differences, which elements are the same, how do they converge today? This text has tried to analyze and explain the process of the development of the concept and practice of control of archival authorities, which has been developed in the past 25 years, in parallel with the process and evolution of standards and conceptual models of libraries. It explains this evolution chronologically to the current state of standards today, especially to the Encoded Archival context for corporate bodies, Persons and families - EAC-CPF.

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(Aránzazu Lafuente Urién) Articles Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:16:57 +0200