Dutch term – Archiefbeschrijving

An archiefbeschrijving is an archival description. To describe their holdings, archives create archival descriptions. Descriptions can be high-over ("incoming correspondence 1800-1810") or detailed ("accounts of the orphans of Laureijs Smulders, 1606"). Archival descriptions are typically organized per record group and published in the form of finding aids or catalogs. Most archives in the country have published their archival descriptions online. In a growing number of cases, scans are … [Read more...]

Column – portals

Portals are websites that provide a single point of access to content of different suppliers. Often, search results in a portal will lead you to the pages of the¬†participating organizations but often you don't even realize that the data is aggregated from different sources behind the scenes. In the world of archives, portals are pretty popular. Some are thematic, like the¬†Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen¬†[War Resources Network], while others aim at presenting all content of a geographic area. Archives … [Read more...]

Europeana and genealogy

Earlier this week, I had my farewell party at the National Archives, where I had worked for 8.5 years as a consultant and project manager in the IT department. I quit my job to focus full-time on my genealogy business. Besides doing client research, I will also be doing consultancy for IT-projects in the heritage sector. Europeana and Archives Portal Europe My first consultancy project is a very exciting one. I will be investigating the opportunities for collaboration between Europeana and … [Read more...]