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

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 portal. In 2011, a local Donegal development organisation, the Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle (ITSC) approached ITMA with a proposal ....

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Private John Brady: new Featured Document on the Archives Portal Europe from the National Archives of Ireland

This document is from the Soldiers' Wills collection held by the National Archives of Ireland. These are the wills of Irishmen who served in the British Army prior to Irish independence in 1922. The earliest will dates from 1856 and the majority of the collection dates from the First World War (1914–1918). The wills are of non-commissioned men who were encouraged by the army to make a will before leaving for active service. Most of the wills were made ...


Archives Portal Europe Foundation officially launched! Continuity of Archives Portal Europe ensured

On Monday 27 October 2014, Karel Velle, chairman of WP8 of the APEx project, signed the deed of incorporation of the Archives Portal Europe Foundation (APEF) in The Hague. 

The creation of this Foundation marks the last phase of the European APEx project. It must ensure that the Archives Portal Europe – that no longer receives any EU funding after 2015 – can subsist and can be further developed.

APEF pursues the following goals by all means in its powers:

  • maintaining and managing the Archives Portal Europe by enriching, maintaining, updating, expanding and improving the accessibility of the (meta)data contained in the Archives Portal Europe;
  • maintaining and enhancing the infrastructure of the Archives Portal Europe for the benefit of its associates, content providers and users;
  • acting as (inter)national aggregator for the content of European archives to Europeana.

The Foundation has associates, which are European archives institutions that contribute to the proper functioning of the Foundation and thus fund the archives portal. Together, they constitute the Assembly of Associates that oversees the policy of the governing board and the general course of affairs of the Foundation.

Beside the users, the content providers are the most important stakeholders of the Foundation: they make available to the Archives Portal Europe the data and/or metadata from their archives, without this corresponding to an obligation to pay a contribution.

For further information about the goals of Archives Portal Europe and the modalities to become a content provider, please consult the portal’s website at 

The full text of the deed of incorporation shall soon be available on this website.


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

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 ...

Access digital: conference on the Archives Portal Europe and other portals, 25 November 2014, Koblenz (Germany)

Under the title "Access digital", the German APEx project team at the Federal Archives invites to a special conference on use, usage and linking of archival contents online to be held on Tuesday, 25 November 2014. Talks - in German and English - will be given by representatives of the archives as well as partners with a background in Digitial Humanities, education, genealogy and the creative industries.

To get started, there will also be two workshops - in German only - on data preparation and processing for the Archives Portal Europe already on Monday, 24 November 2014. There are two timeslots to choose from: either 9:30 to 12:45 in the morning or 13:30 to 16:45 in the afternoon.

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