National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

Experiences with PIVOT

Thanks to PIVOT, the appreciation of archival records now took place at a new level: no longer were the items themselves appreciated, but instead the activities of the government. However, it did not make appraisal of archival records any simpler. In practice, it became apparent that it was often time-consuming to stipulate exactly which products were associated with which activity. In many cases, it seemed that activities were either too abstract or just too detailed for the appraisal process to run smoothly. For this reason and especially to simplify the process, parts of the PIVOT method were reconsidered both during and after the project (from 2002 onwards).

Many historians, archivists, and other interested parties were critical of the PIVOT preservation objective, which was focused primarily upon government interests rather than society. It was feared that subsequent historical research into Dutch society would be more difficult, due to an over-emphasis on policy documents and a shortage of resources on the realities of modern society. For this reason, the PIVOT process was revised to include a concise historical-social analysis by an external expert. This enabled simultaneous appreciation of the archival records in light of their value as resources about Dutch history and culture, which further contributed to meeting the appraisal objective.