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ICARUS-Meeting #17 | Transparency – Accessibility – Dialogue. How a creative archival landscape can effect society

The Regional State Archives in Visby is a department of the Swedish National Archive since 2010 and hosted our ICARUS-Meeting #17 tackling major topics of the co:op project of how to sustainably and resourcefully bridge archives and the general public.

The Archive has one of the largest photographic collections in Sweden and is located in the medieval Hanseatic Town of Visby on Gotland – the one and only popular Swedish island rich in medieval churches (92!), historical and natural sites. ICARUS-Meeting #17 | Transparency – Accessibility – Dialogue. How a creative archival landscape can effect society weiterlesen

ICARUS-Meeting #19 | 5th co:op partner meeting

The participants of the meeting were not only able to learn more about the best of Estonian digital heritage projects as well as the National Archives‘ best practices but also about cooperation projects across national borders. Furthermore, the event informed on Estonian e-Resedency, a transnational digital identity.

The ICARUS Didactics Group invited to a workshop on the Topotheques by the example of the Museum of Agricultural Sciences (MUSA) in Italy (click here for more information).

The meeting took place in the cozy university town Tartu –  town of students, intellectuals and creatives.  ICARUS-Meeting #19 | 5th co:op partner meeting weiterlesen

Interview mit Bernhard Hetzenauer: Erinnerung ist immer Konstruktion

by Dagmar Weidinger, ICARUS

Bernhard Hetzenauer. © Viktoria Milovanovic Nicht gerade  ein gewöhnlicher Büro-Job… für seine Arbeit reist Bernhard Hetzenauer durch ganz Südamerika. Die meisten seiner Filme wurden  in Ecuador und Mexico gedreht.

In einem eineinhalbstündigen Dokumentarfilm hat Bernhard Hetzenauer das Leben der von Prag nach Quito emigrierten Jüdin Vera Kohn eingefangen. Vier Jahre lang arbeitete er an dem Oral-History-Portrait der 98-jährigen Psychotherapeutin und Zen-Meisterin und sammelte dazu auch Archivmaterial aus Ecuador und der ehemaligen österreichisch-ungarischen Monarchie. In einem Gespräch mit „insights“ erzählt Hetzenauer, wie der Blick des Filmemachers jenen des Historikers ergänzen kann.
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Interview with Bernhard Hetzenauer: Like film, memory is always a construction

by Dagmar Weidinger, ICARUS

Bernhard Hetzenauer. © Viktoria Milovanovic  Nothing but an ordinary office job … for his work Bernhard Hetzenauer travels across Southern America. Most of his films are set in Ecuador and Mexico.

In his 90-minute documentary film, Bernhard Hetzenauer has captured the life of Vera Kohn, a Jewish woman who emigrated from Prague to Quito. The work on the oral history portrait of the 98-year old psychotherapist and zen master took four years. In its course, he also collected archival material in Ecuador and the former Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. In an interview with “insights”, Hetzenauer talks about how the filmmaker’s perspective can complement that of the historian.
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Making Sigillographic Material Accessible to Researchers – Digitising, Catalogues, Editions of seals

The international workshop “Making Sigillographic Material Accessible to Researchers – Digitising, Catalogues, Editions of Seals” took place on the 13 October 2016 in the Provincial Archives in Opava – branch Olomouc. The workshop was organized by the Provincial Archives in Opava and the National Archives in Prague in cooperation with International Centre for Archival Research (ICARUS) within the EU-funded project “co:op – community as opportunity”. Making Sigillographic Material Accessible to Researchers – Digitising, Catalogues, Editions of seals weiterlesen

It was the year 1965 – the re-establishing of the regular ferry service between Helsinki and Tallinn

by  Liivi Uuet, Archivist of the National Archives of Estonia

Tallinn cargo harbour was festively decorated with the flags of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic and Finland in the morning of July 7, 1965: motor vessel Vanemuine[1] was sent to its maiden journey from Tallinn to Helsinki which restored regular ferry service between Tallinn and Helsinki. The 1,000-ton vessel was built in Bulgaria the previous year. After official speeches, it started its journey to Helsinki where it was welcomed with similar festivity: the harbour was decorated with flags, press conference was held and official receptions took place at the town government of Helsinki and in the Finnish-Soviet Society of Friendship. It was the year 1965 – the re-establishing of the regular ferry service between Helsinki and Tallinn weiterlesen

From Vitulano to Europe: pictures of an area and its families on the Topotheque portal

by Giovanni Schiavone, University of Naples Federico II

Vitulano’s community is involved in collecting pictures which evoke memories and histories in a digital environment: the creation of an Italian topotheque!

From Vitulano to Europe: pictures of an area and its families on the Topotheque portal

Overview of the Vitulano valley.
© Antonio Cappuccio

On 25th June 2016 an open day entitled “From Vitulano to Europe: pictures of an area and families on Topotheque portal” took place in Vitulano, a small town located in a valley surmounted by the Apennine peaks of the Taburno – Camposauro massif near Benevento, in the south of Italy. The event has been organized by a team of lecturers and researchers of the University of Naples Federico II within the project activities of co:op – community as opportunity. the creative archives and users network (EU, Creative Europe 2014-2020), coordinated by Antonella Ambrosio for the Department of Humanities in cooperation with the association Fagus: Territori in Crescita. The aim of the summit was to enhance the landscape heritage and the historical memory of the community in the Vitulanese valley through its photographic heritage by using the international portal Topotheque.eu (for more information about this Topotheque see  http://vitulano.fagus.topoteka.net/) From Vitulano to Europe: pictures of an area and its families on the Topotheque portal weiterlesen

The Romanian Historical Archives available for online research

by Codruța Mihailovici, National Archives of Romania

Since 2006, concerns in the field of digitization of the cultural heritage have led to concrete measures at the European level. At the national one, each country has become responsible for its own process of digitization and libraries, museums, archives, heritage organizations, universities and research institutions were involved. Even if, Romania doesn’t have a functional national cultural platform online yet[1], some efforts of individual institutions in this direction have begun to yield good results. These efforts which will create, in the end, a digital library of cultural resources, a unique point of access for the Romanian cultural heritage, open to public research and free of charge: culturalia.ro. The Romanian Historical Archives available for online research weiterlesen

The Bio-Bibliographical Database of Members of the Religious Order Living in the Czech Lands in the Early Modern Age

by Kateřina Bobková-Valentová, The Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague and
Hedvika Kuchařová, Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov, Prague; The Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Is it possible to find out what a person living at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries did year by year? If this person entered a religious order, then in many cases the answer would be yes.

Cataloguing Card
Cataloguing Card

Once the Bohemian Revolt was defeated in 1621, a large number of male and female religious orders started to flourish in Bohemia and Moravia and this heyday lasted 160 years up to the reign of Joseph II (1780–1790). All of these orders were keeping records of its members, which had — besides purely practical reasons — also its legal and spiritual importance. By entering an order, the man or a woman committed himself/herself to leading a certain type of life and to fulfilling certain duties; life stories of deceased members were passed on within the community as examples of particular abilities and virtues, and the community prayed for its dead members. The Bio-Bibliographical Database of Members of the Religious Order Living in the Czech Lands in the Early Modern Age weiterlesen

Challenges in Digitizing Archival World

Community as Opportunity Launches a Study on File Formats

by Tomi Ahoranta, CO:OP Project Manager at the National Archives of Finland,
Reko Etelävuori, Format Study Work Coordinator and
Sami Nousiainen, Author of the study

We have been digitizing documents in National Archives of Finland for almost 15 years and our capturing processes have developed a lot during that time. Our processes have developed; the amount of digital images has grown enormously especially during the last couple of years. Concerning digital images we have been using widely used formats to store and share our documents – such as TIFF (preservation) and JPEG (usage).

At the moment our digital images are basically copies from our analog world but after we put them through character recognizing processes they will “born again” and create completely different platform for the same information. After processing we need to know how, what kind and in which format we save our new manifestation since there seems to be no TIFF (standard) available for this kind of data! Challenges in Digitizing Archival World weiterlesen

Open the shrine. The South Italian charters preserved at the Biblioteca della Società Napoletana di Storia Patria are now accessible for all on Monasterium.net

by Antonella Ambrosio

The parchments preserved at the Castel Nuovo of Naples, a fascinating and complex history

The Library of BSNSP in Castelnuovo (Naples). ©Angelo Odore
The Library of BSNSP in Castelnuovo (Naples). ©Angelo Odore

The fonds of parchments in question is nowadays at the Castel Nuovo, a fortress which is an authentic symbol of the royal dynasties of the Kingdom of Naples. More precisely, the charters are preserved by the Biblioteca della Società Napoletana di Storia Patria (BSNSP) that has its premises in the same fortress. I like to think of this fonds as of a precious shrine because it contains a rich documentation coming from copious private archives as well as from religious institutions in South Italy which ended up for diverse reasons in the library of the Society (http://www.storiapatrianapoli.it/). At last, this documentation now comes to light thanks to its digital archive on Monasterium.Net (http://monasterium.net:8181/mom/IT-BSNSP/archive). Open the shrine. The South Italian charters preserved at the Biblioteca della Società Napoletana di Storia Patria are now accessible for all on Monasterium.net weiterlesen

Report on File Formats for Hand-written Text Recognition (HTR) Material

by Sami Nousiainen, M.Sc.(Tech.)

The National Archives of Finland has carried out format study within our co:op project with the primary purpose of reviewing and analyzing the available file formats for the storage of automatically recognized text or manually input text (transcription). The automatic recognition can be either OCR-based (i.e. recognition of printed text) or HTR-based (i.e. recognition of hand-written text). Report on File Formats for Hand-written Text Recognition (HTR) Material weiterlesen

The Historical Archives of Novi Sad

by Petar Djurdjev

Celebration of the foundation of the archives on May 21, 2016. © Staff of the Historical Archives of the City of Novi Sad
Celebration of the foundation of the archives on May 21, 2016. © Staff of the Historical Archives of the City of Novi Sad

Since 2016 Novi Sad has got a very special attraction – a stunningly new and innovative archival building. Take a look into the home of 7000 metres of archival material documenting the history of the city of Novi Sad and its surroundings.

 

The Historical Archives of Novi Sad were founded in 1954. They have the status of an inter-municipal archive, meaning that they are responsible for a number of different municipalities, precisely Novi Sad, Titel, Zabalj, Temerin, Vrbas, Backa Palanka, Backi Petrovac, Beocin and Sremski Karlovci. The Historical Archives of Novi Sad weiterlesen

In search of lost colours of the terracotta figures

by Jaan Lehtaru

St. John’s Church in Tartu is most famous for its terracotta figures that inhabit the interior and exterior of the church, remnants of approximately 2,000 it is thought to have had in the Middle Ages. There is no other building in the entire European Gothic tradition that could in any significant way compete with this church in the number, variety, and artistic quality of the terracotta sculptures. For more see http://www.estinst.ee/Ea/heritage/alttoa.html.

The National Archives of Estonia holds a collection of the paint samples of the figures. In search of lost colours of the terracotta figures weiterlesen

Digital Discoveries of World War I

by Slobodan Mandić

The Historical Archives of Belgrade present a unique Online Digital Thematic Guide of the First World War. A vast digitization project that comprises all sorts of documents – from telegrams, to diaries and photographs.

imag_01In the year 2013 a team of archivists from the Historical Archives of Belgrade created the concept and started the realization of a thematic guide through archival material concerning the First World War. The first intention to produce a thematic guide, a scientific finding aid, grew soon into the idea to publish all results from this research in an online digital form, as a thorough and searchable analytic inventory of archival fonds and collections, together with digital copies of a certain number of documents. Lateron, this idea was converted into a separate project, approved and financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia. Digital Discoveries of World War I weiterlesen