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Kerstin Arnold holds a Master each in Communication Studies and Information Management. She is currently doing her doctoral thesis next to the work at the Federal Archives of Germany for the Archives Portal Europe – network of excellence (APEx) project. After working in Public Relations and as a freelance editor for an online programme on books, movies and theatre, she started working at the Federal Archives in 2005 in the context of an edition of the minutes of the weekly meetings of the German federal government. Since then Kerstin has been working at the Federal Archives in several projects on standardisation of (encoded) archival descriptions and online access to archival material, including APEx and its predecessor APEnet. In the project’s context she is leading the work package on Interoperability and she acts as the APEx Technical Coordinator.


Karin Bredenberg graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (programming C#) from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm 2006. She currently holds a position as an IT architect at the Swedish National Archives (SNA) where she has worked for the past eight years. Karin’s main focus is on the creation of Swedish adaptions of international archival metadata standards. From 2008-2010, she worked with archivists from around the world on the development of EAC-CPF, a standard for encoding archival authority records. She currently serves as member of the Society of American Archivists Schema Development Team as well as a member of the Society of American Archivists Technical Subcommittee on EAC and EAD and as a member of the PREMIS Editorial Committee. Since 2011, Karin is part of the Swedish project E-archiving and registration, eARD, and has started participating as a standards specialist in the European project E-ARK in 2014.


Silke Jagodzinski holds a Diploma in Archival Science and a Master in History and Cultural Science. After five years as member of a digital history project, she worked as traditional archivist at the Secret State Archives Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. During this time she started to become a digital archivist and got advanced training in digital technology related to Information Science. Before Silke started to work for the APEx project at the Federal Archives of Germany in 2012, she gathered experiences with several XML technologies and archival standards in a company for data conversion. Within the APEx project, Silke is involved in most of the Work Packages and has a focus on archival standards and metadata tasks.


Archives Portal Europe - A Challenge of Harmonisation and Outreach

Brief summary:

The APEx project developing the Archives Portal Europe is in its final year. The session sheds a light on strengths of the portal, its network and developments to come. It starts with an overview of standards used and experiences in implementation, presents interoperability in its various shades, and ends with the Archives Portal Europe Foundation.


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.

Creating such a portal with information from all European countries demands the application of a common set of information. The benefits of using standards can be clearly shown through the work carried out so far in the APEnet and APEx projects. One of the keys has been the use of formats based on the archival standards from ICA. This part will elaborate which and how standards are used and show the overall impact of using standards in the portal.

Whereas presenting different traditions of archival descriptions within one archives portal can be solved with the ICA standards, it is still a challenge to share these information with cross-domain portals like Europeana and with other solutions, which focus on humanists and researchers by serving virtual research environments or exchange data with national archives portals. This part will show different aspects of interoperability challenge in terms of technical and content related questions.

The activities of the current APEx project shall be continued in form of a foundation, which will find its place in the midst of already existing bodies and organisations in Europe’s archival domain such as the EBNA and EURBICA. With the final year of the project also focusing on strengthening the growing network around the Archives Portal Europe, the portal and the foundation are aiming at becoming a solid partner for archival institutions all over the continent in the fields that the APEx project and its predecessor APEnet already have proven to be a good anchor.

Scientific contribution:

The Archives Portal Europe with the contribution of a large number of collaborating partners in currently 32 countries all over the continent will have a strong impact on the way standards are used and content is published as well as on the way content can be accessed and used. This already has been proven with the experiences of the partners so far, when providing information to the portal and thereby not only enhancing the central application, but also taking advantage of the portal and its tools as a way to improve their information for local use. The work also includes the quest to appreciate and analyse new (technical) developments in the digital cultural heritage community for possible implementation in the portal as a central and joint access point. The Archives Portal Europe is therefore a matter of strong concern to the archival domain as a whole.


Archives Portal Europe; ICA standards; Interoperability; Networking; Sustainability