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

Archives Portal Europe (APEnet project)

The increase in the number of archival institutions that use the internet to allow access to their collections also saw a growing need within the European archival community to join the experience and expertise in this area in order to create a single mutual archive portal.

The European Union eContentplus programme offered an extra stimulus as well as financial support for this, and on the 15th of January 2009 twelve European national archives, including the Nationaal Archief (Dutch national archives), started the APEnet project to jointly work together on creating the 'Archives Portal Europe'.

The APEnet project is a so-called Best Practice Network project within the eContentplus programme, which means that in order to achieve the desired result it must make use of existing insights, standards and technologies (best practices).
So the Archives Portal Europe will initially be built around the internationally recognised standards EAD (Encoded Archival Description) and EAG (Encoded Archival Guide), and at a later stage will also implement EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context - Corporate bodies, Persons and Families).

The project is due to run for three years, with as major milestones the completion of a pilot version of the Archives Portal Europe in January 2011 and the completion of a definite version of this in January 2012.

More information

Detailed information is available on the website of the APEnet project.

For more specific information about the contribution of the Nationaal Archief to the APEnet project as well as the Europeana project, please contact Wim van Dongen, senior data manager at the Nationaal Archief, technical coordinator and leader of work package 3 of the APEnet project (