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

Measures for digitization and registration of the governmental information process

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.  

Information management

Digital information that is not properly registered and filed the moment it is being created, is lost for the future or can only be accessed afterwards at high costs. This, according to the Minister of OCW (see Ministerial Statement), requires a well-equipped Nationaal Archief, functioning as a center of expertise and advise not only for the creators but also the users of (State) archives.

Digital task

In order to bring this about, the Minister of OCW has budgeted an extra 28 million euros for the period of 2013 – 2015 in the Interim Budget Report of 2013 (Voorjaarsnota). This budget is reserved to equip the Nationaal Archief with the necessary infrastructure, and to digitize parts of the archival collection of the Dutch government (10% digital archive in 15 years). With these extra funds, the Minister and the Parliament acknowledge the importance of the digital task of the Nationaal Archief and its partners. 

Intended merger

Within the framework of the investigation into the effects of digitization on the archival process and the State archives, the Ministry of OCW has cancelled the intended merger between the Nationaal Archief and the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek).

Ministerial Statement (in Dutch)