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ICARUS-Meeting #20 | The Age of Digital Technology: Documents, Archives and Society

Under the motto “The Age of Technology: Documents, Archives and Society” a wide range of speakers from the Iberian Peninsula shared their experiences and expertises with the audience. The spectrum of speakers was expanded by further presentations from colleagues of our ICARUS network. The conference offered a truly multi-facetted insight into current projects and developments of the European archival landscape in the digital age. ICARUS-Meeting #20 | The Age of Digital Technology: Documents, Archives and Society weiterlesen

The Virtual Genealogical Archive: making available on-line the parish and civil registers from Bucharest and Brașov county archives (Romania)

by Rafael Dorian Chelaru, Faculty of Archival Sciences,” Al. I. Cuza” Academy, Bucharest (RO)

Digitization work on the Bucharest © Collection Laurentiu Dologna

Acknowledgments. The results of the current research have been made possible through the project „The Virtual Genealogical Archive – a pilot project destined to the National Archives of Romania and third party users“, co-financed through the research programme ”Partnerships – Collaborative Projects for Applied Research – PCCA 2013″.

Getting started

In 2013, the Executive Unit for Financing the Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation in Romania – UEFISCDI (currently under the authority of the Romanian National Authority for Research within the Ministry of Research and Innovation) launched a national competition for collaborative research projects (PCCA), financed from public funds[1] and opened to all consortia joining public institutions (with research capabilities) and private companies. In June 2014, a consortium led by the Faculty of Archival Sciences at the ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Academy and including SIVECO Romania S.A. (a software company) was awarded a financial support of c. 280.000 Euros for developing an online database called The Virtual Genealogical Archive – a project pilot created for the National Archives of Romania and third-party users. The goal of the project is to create an on-line database and a website through which two archival collections of parish and civil status registers become accessible in digital format. The two collections, namely Bucharest Civil Status Collection and Brașov Civil Status Collection, are currently preserved and administered by the National Archives of Romania in the repositories from Bucharest and Brașov.

The project started in July 2014 and will end in September 30th, 2017. The Virtual Genealogical Archive: making available on-line the parish and civil registers from Bucharest and Brașov county archives (Romania) weiterlesen

Eine Kunst-Performance im Archiv: Poetry Exercises: an archive of (un)familiar things

by Dr. Joachim Kemper, Institut für Stadtgeschichte Frankfurt am Main (ISG)

Perfomance © Jörg Baumann

Von einer ungewöhnlichen und erfolgreichen Kooperation zwischen einem Stadtarchiv, dem Institut für Stadtgeschichte Frankfurt am Main (ISG), und einer Künstlergruppe soll an dieser Stelle kurz berichtet werden. „Poetry Exercises: an archive of (un)familiar things“, konzipiert von Marialena Marouda, ist ein performatives Archiv, dass vom 26. bis 28. Oktober 2016 erstmals in Deutschland öffentlich präsentiert werden konnte. Eine Kunst-Performance im Archiv: Poetry Exercises: an archive of (un)familiar things weiterlesen

Secret gardens of Sittard: Lemniscate-walk

by Peer Boselie, Sittard-Geleen and regional archives

Jardin D’Isabelle

The Jardin d’Isabelle (French for ‚Garden of Isabelle‘) is called after the unreachable love of Charles Beltjens, Isabelle de Borman. Charles Beltjens (1832-1890) was a Dutch poet. He wrote his poems in French as he unfolded his poetic wings in France. He won important literature awards in Belgium and France and was in contact with famous French poets such as Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire and Sully Prudhomme, the first Nobel Prize winner in literature. Secret gardens of Sittard: Lemniscate-walk weiterlesen

Sittard Secret gardens…

by Peer Boselie, Sittard-Geleen and regional archives

Secret green

Sittard Garden at Sunset © Libor Bednarik

In the city of Sittard-Geleen in the most southern part of the Netherlands, about 20 kilometers north of Maastricht seems little place for green. When you approach the city one can see at first glance a lot of industrial activity. Indeed, VDL Nedcar, the immense Chemelot Campus and several other industrial areas partly determine the identity and provide many neccessary jobs for the nearly 100,000 residents of the city. Of course, in the still largely rural former municipality of Born, and in some rural fringes of Sittard you can still expect the green countryside, but in the centers? Sittard is an old city, where normally traditionally little green is present, the old mining city of Geleen has in particular a lot of industry. Only insiders know that in Geleen most streets and neighborhoods have a very green appearance, and Sittard has many green oases in the middle of the city. Sittard Secret gardens… weiterlesen

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