On the fifth and sixth of December, the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, The National Archives of the Netherlands and several partners organize an expert meeting in The Hague on UNESCO's Digital Roadmap project. The National Archives and the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) will host this inaugural meeting.
In 2015, the workflow of the Dutch central government will be completely digital. The effect of complete digitization on the archival process and the State archives has been thoroughly investigated. Based on the outcome, the following can be concluded. In order to enable the Nationaal Archief to properly fulfill its official governmental duties and responsibilities in this age of digitization, it is necessary to take certain measures. Mrs. Jet Bussemaker, Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) informed the House on this matter last Tuesday.
The Nationaal Archief is building a new public centre, containing a modernized reading room, an exhibition space and a workshop area. The renovation project is almost finished but, in order to ensure good customer service after completion, there is still a lot to be done. Therefore the Nationaal Archief will temporarily close its doors for visitors from Monday 16 September until Tuesday 15 October. In this period it is not possible to consult records.
The Mutual Heritage Program (MCH) has commissioned the New Holland Foundation to collect research information in Dutch archival institutions on Dutch group settlement in Brazil from the 19th century onwards. As a result, an online research guide/index (in Dutch) is now available.
In 2007 the Dutch Nationaal Archief published the book: Sources for the Mutual History of Ghana and the Netherlands. An annotated guide to the Dutch archives relating to Ghana and West Africa in the Nationaal Archief, 1593-1960s (Brill, Michel Doortmont en Jinna Smit). The national archives of Ghana, PRAAD, now have requested a sequel to this ‘Ghana guide’; a database giving access to archives on the history of Ghana.
Since May this year, the Dutch Centre for International Cultural Cooperation (DICC, formerly known as SICA) publishes a newsletter on mutual cultural heritage (MCH). This newsletter replaces the current MCH newsletter of the Nationaal Archief. The DCICC newsletter will keep you informed on the Mutual Cultural Heritage Program, the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency and the embassies of the MCH countries. It focuses on archives and on built, archeological, historical and immaterial heritage.
The first phase of the project Rescue of Dutch Records in Guyana is finalized. This mutual cultural heritage project focuses on digital accessibility of 20 meters of archives of the Dutch West Indian Company (WIC) of 1620 – 1795 (1810) in Guyana. Phase 1 of this rescue project consisted of a preliminary conservation training for the employees of the National Archives of Guyana, and of preparation for digitization of the WIC archives.
Due to the successful results of the first Mutual Cultural Heritage Programme (2009-2012), the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to keep on joining forces in the field of international cultural cooperation: a new term for the MCH Programme, from 2013 till 2016, was agreed upon.
On 17 January the new version 1.1 of the Archives Portal Europe was officially released. This release marks an important step in developing this portal into a valuable tool for the international archival community. Now it is possible to search in more than 20 million descriptive units linked to more than 45 million digital object from 85 institutions. Read all about it in the first editon of the APEx News Bulletin.
The MCH project ‘Cursus behoudsmedewerker Suriname’ initiated and coordinated by Bernadette van Beek, , has been successfully concluded. This two-year program comprised training mainly on preventive preservation for Surinam caretakers and teachers working in the cultural heritage sector. After the course, the trainees were expected not only to know more about preservation but also to grasp the importance of preservation of cultural heritage of Surinam. Involved in this project were several cultural heritage authorities, such as the Nationaal Archief Suriname (NAS), the Dutch Nationaal Archief and the Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed (Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency).