25 - 27 September 2013: 83th German Archives Day in Saarbrücken (D)

The conference “Archives without borders. Archival description and access in the European and international context” will discuss various topics like local sources in international archives, cooperation between cultural heritage institutions and networked access to archival information.

The conference language is German.

Kerstin Arnold and Susanne Waidmann will hold a presentation about “Possibilities of visualisation and research of archival material within its sociohistorical context”. The idea of using the archival standard EAC-CPF for the Archives Portal Europe will be an important part of this topic.
The presentation will be held in Section 4 of the program at 5 pm on Thursday, 26 September.

Silke Jagodzinski will talk about “Archives and Digital Humanities”. The focus will be put on the relation between both areas in Germany and how they can benefit from each other’s ideas and experiences.
The presentation will be held in Section 3 of the program at 5 pm on Thursday, 26 September.

Also, on Friday, 27 September 2013, from 2 till 6 pm, a workshop led by the whole APEx team from the Bundesarchiv, will take place for archivists who are interested in delivering their data to archival portals, especially the Archives Portal Europe. A few places for this workshop are still available (though for members of VdA, the Association of German Archivists, only).

The 83th German Archives Day is organised by the Association of German Archivists e.V. and further information including registration for the conference can be found on the conference website (in German).

First Austrian archive online!

As the first Austrian archive, the Archive of the Diocese of St. Poelten just went online on the Archives Portal Europe.

Browse through it here: http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/web/guest/ead-display/-/ead/s/C39400247

Review: First Jour fixe at the German Federal Archives Berlin (DE)

On Wednesday 4 September 2013, the APEx team at the German Federal Archives Berlin (GFA) held its first Jour fixe on managing archival data in the Archives Portal Europe. As previously announced, the GFA decided to provide this monthly event: a two hour workshop for archivists who are eager to learn more about the practical aspects of providing data to the Portal.

The call to participate had been circulated via several mailing lists and applications heaped quickly.

The GFA is able to offer 7 computer working stations which deliberately keep the number of participants reasonable in order to allow for productive and individual engagements.

To start out, the Technical Coordinator of the Archives Portal Europe performed an exemplary data ingestion into the Content Checker environment via the Dashboard, followed by a brief presentation of the Data Preparation Tool (DPT). Subsequently each participant was provided with a test account in the Content Checker Dashboard and some test files. Following the Technical Coordinator's instructions, the archivists were able to create their own EAG and eventually upload the respective EAD files: the files where converted, validated and finally published. In the end, a holdings guide was created. Apart from a trial of the DPT, the Technical Coordinator additionally presented the Europeana conversion tool which gave the participants further insight into these processes.


Clearly, the most fundamental outcome of this workshop was to see that the EAD files which were brought along by some archivist, exported by their own database, could be ingested smoothly and without any problems.


In the end, the feedback on the Jour fixe was very positive. The participants appreciated


  1. the possibility of receiving detailed information from a specialist
  2. the ultimately easy way of providing own data into the Archives Portal Europe 

Next Jour fixe dates are: 2 October, 6 November, 4 December 


DTP Manual now available in German


The manual for the Data Preparation Tool of the Archives Portal Europe is now available in German. It can be found on our "Outcomes" page or viewed directly via this link: http://apex-project.eu/images/docs/DPT-Handbuch_v1.0.pdf

The English version is also available via the "Outcomes" page.

The first archive from the Czech Republic is now online in the Archives Portal Europe!

The Archive of the monastery of Vyšší Brod is now online - 520 medieval charters with digital images.

Take a look:  https://www.archivesportaleurope.net/web/guest/ead-display/-/ead/fp/CZ-00000001093/hg/CZ-KAVB

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