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Internationaal congres 'Archives and new technologies'

Op dinsdag 25 en woensdag 26 september vanaf 9.00 uur vindt in het nieuwe gebouw van het Stadsarchief Amsterdam (De Bazel, Vijzelstraat 32, 1017 HL Amsterdam) een congres plaats met de titel "Archives and new technologies".

The executive committee of the Section Municipal Archives of the International Counsel on Archives will also hold its annual meeting in Amsterdam this year. For our fellow archivists we are organizing a special symposium under the theme: ARCHIVES AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

In the world of archives substantial changes are going on which cannot be without consequences. During this symposium Dutch archivists and qualified experts of adjacent specialities will give their vision on these changes. They will talk about their experiences and expectations in the field of the Web, Profession, Education, Archival buildings andDigitalization.

At the end of each session roundtables will be organized. Colleagues will have the opportunity to exchange their experiences or views with the speakers. The scheme of the symposium will give ample opportunity for sharing knowledge and for networking. The symposium will be held in the auditorium of the City Archives of Amsterdam.

The number of participants is limited to a hundred.

The theme of this symposium has been chosen on request of the Executive Committee of the Section Municipal Archives. City Archives are increasingly having to deal with changes in the domain of Archival work. These changes are having great influence on the profession of the archivist in respect to customer service, and on the housing and Archival Management. In four sessions the consequences of these changes will be illustrated, with Dutch Archivists giving comment on these recent archival developments. These developments are compared with the results in other cultural and administrative domains. Are we ahead or, worse, are we missing the boat?

The first session illuminates public services by the website. Three 'models' are compared: The Amsterdam City Archives (, The Hague City Archives ( and the national site What Was Where? (
While Amsterdam is promotingon line information by the 'Archiefbank', The Hague stresses more the importance of interaction. Customers can place additional information on their website. The site of the national program 'What Was Where' has an umbrella function and mixes 'national' and 'local' information.

In the second session the profession of the Archivist is the central theme. Is her or his education and training adequate to face future developments? If not, what is lacking and how do we keep our knowledge base at a proper level. Are other professionals, for example Librarians, more dynamic and flexible in finding connections with the new technical developments?

The third session relates to Archival repositories. In this domain Dutch law is one of the most detailed in the world. For new Archival buildings the regulations are very precise. What does this mean for the restyling of (monumental) buildings in case of permanent custody? The Amsterdam City Archives is housed in a renovated monumental building. Without the use of newtechnologies and without the creativity of archivists, inspectors, constructionmanagers and architects this project couldn't be executed.

The final session concerns a really exciting subject: digitalization. A vast subject which can be approached from many directions and specialities. This proces starts already at the creation of information and lasts as long as this information exists. This information runs from the municipal administration streight in to the Archival repositories. Digital information exists of two categories: directories and related metadata about these directories. The City Archives of Amsterdam is building a digital repository for permanent custody of digital information. What are the possibilities, the dilemmas, the chances?

Tuesday 25 September

09.00 hrs: Opening by dr. Jan Boomgaard,City archivist of Amsterdam.

First session: Web services

09.15 – 10. 45 hrs: Plenairy session
• Ellen Fleurbaay, Deputy City archivist of Amsterdam
• Maarten Schenk, City archivist of The Hague
• Lila Liberge, Director of the National program 'What Was Where'?

10.45 – 11.15 hrs: Coffee break

11.15 – 12.30 hrs: Round tables Each speaker will preside a round table about his presentation. The audiance can choose to participate in one of the three round tables.

12.30 – 13.30 hrs: lunch

Second session: The Archivist: education and profession

13.30 – 15.00 hrs: Plenairy session
• Archief School, Amsterdam
• Richard Hermans, Director of the Dutch Cultural Heritage Trust

15.00 – 15.30 hrs: coffee/tea break

15.30 – 16.45 hrs: Round tables

Each speaker will preside a round table about his presentation. The participants can choose to participate in one of the three round tables.

17.00 – 18.00 hrs: Tour through the City Archives

19.00 - 21.00 hrs: Dinner in the Forum of the City Archives

Wednesday 26 September

Third session: Archival buildings

09.30 – 11.00 hrs: Plenairy session
• Jan Boomgaard, City archivist of Amsterdam
• Ronald van Warmerdam, Projectmanager of the municipality of Amsterdam
• Marianne Loeff, Provincial Inspector of North-Holland

11.00 – 11.30 hrs: Coffee break

11.30 – 12.45 hrs: Round tables Each speaker will preside a round table about his presentation. The audiance can choose to participate in one of the three round tables.

12.45 – 14.00 hrs: lunch

Fourth session: Digitalization

14.00 – 15.30 hrs:

Plenairy session
• Frans Smit, Head facility management Free University of Amsterdam
• Marc Holtman, Senior Archivist City archives of Amsterdam
• Marco de Niet, Director of the Dutch organization for Digital Heritage

15.30 – 16.00 hrs: Coffee/tea break

16.00 – 17.15 hrs: round tables Each speaker will preside a round table about his presentation. The participants can choose to participate in one of the three round tables.

17.30 – 19.00 hrs: Closing reception

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