Tuesday 27 April 2021 – Marta Musso (KCL) – An Archival Repository of Archival Repositories: integrating metadata in Archives Portal Europe

This seminar is 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, 27 April 2021, in Room N304, Institute of Historical Research. The IHR is in the North block of Senate House, University of London. Find Senate House on Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU. It will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

Session chair: TBC

Abstract: In 2002, the guidelines created by the ICA (International Council on Archives) and IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) indicated full digitisation and online availability of archival material as the main objective for archives in the digital age. Since 2009, in parallel with the creation of national or local research portals, countries around Europe have started to design a system to integrate these online spaces into a single catalogue that would allow to access Europe’s archival heritage through one single research portal. In 2012, after three years of research, Archives Portal Europe (APE) was published as the online repository open to all institutions holding archival heritage about Europe. This paper aims to reconstruct the cultural and political background in which Archives Portal Europe was conceived and designed, and the issues (and solutions) offered to historians to conduct archival research online

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