Dorota Drzewiecka, Katarzyna Pepłowska: Access to Polish archival materials - Legal dilemmas

Dorota Drzewiecka and Katarzyna Pepłowska from the Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun in Poland share their experiences on the challanges Polish archive have to face as they have just recently stated to enter into the digital era. Their article is a summary of research on Polish state law regarding Open Access. 

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The Archives Portal Europe at Deutsches Kulturerbe auf dem Weg in die Europeana II

On 20 March 2014, Kerstin Arnold (Technical Coordinator APEx, Federal Archives of Germany) presented the Archives Portal Europe emphasising Europeana interoperability in the context of the conference Deutsches Kulturerbe auf dem Weg in die Europeana II (German cultural heritage on its' way into Europeana II). The conference took place from 20-21 March 2014 at the Berlin State Library (DE).

The conference was the second edition after a similar event in 2010 that brought together representatives from various national, international, domain-specific, cross-domain and thematic projects around Europeana. The presentation on APEx and the portal (in German) can be found here.

Kathrin Pindl: From a small archive's standpoint - A short review on the Spital Archive's didactic practice in a digital world

We have a new article online in our Articles section: Kathrin Pindl from the Regensburg Spital Archive (DE) discusses the question of how a small, private archive with limited funds can prevail academically in a world that has inevitably and undoubtedly embarked upon the path of the digital future. The Regensburg Spital Archive serves as a sound example to analyse this subject matter from various angles. 

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12 March 2014: The Archives Portal Europe in Switzerland

The work group "Norms and Standards" of the VSA - the Association of Swiss Archivists - organises a workshop on Standard Encoded Archival Description (EAD) on 12 March 2014 in Bern (CH). This workshop aims at familiarising Swiss archives with said standards and encourages their implementation. The exemplification of practical areas of application will further illustrate the usage of EAD. 

After a short introduction, the workshop will focus on real-life working areas und present various examples from different cantons.

Our APEx-project partner, the Swiss Federal Archives, will introduce the Archives Portal Europe as an example of practical EAD implementation. The programme is available here (in German and French). Of course, they will also adress the new Archives Portal Europe 1.2 release!

08 March 2014: Open Archives Day in Germany

On 08 March 2014, the nationwide Open Archives Day in Germany, the Federal Archives Berlin, Koblenz and Bayreuth will open their doors for the interested public to allow for a look behind the curtains. A variety of activities will familiarise the public with the institutions themselves and their archival work areas. This year's motto is Frauen - Männer - Macht (Women - Men - Power). 

There will be a presentation on the Archives Portal Europe at 12.30 and 15.30 CET at the Federal Archives in Berlin. 

Click here to find out more about the Bundesarchive's all-day schedule including guided tours, presentations and exhibitions (in German).

The programmes of the other two participating archives are available here (also in German).


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