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E-ARK project improving methods for digital archiving across the European archives domain

The E-ARK Project organized its final conference followed by workshops in Budapest, in the National Archives of Hungary on 6-8 December 2016.

The E-ARK Project is closely watched by many organizations in the world which  are concerned with preserving their records in an efficient and reliable way. The conference gathered many guests, including a representative of NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) in the US, a representative of UNESCO at the World Meterological Office in Geneva and a representative of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

The project teams were presenting a set of tools developed during the project and tested in several pilots across Europe. They focused on providing simple, efficient access to the workflows for the three main activities of an archive - acquiring, preserving and enabling re-use of information. The conference also highlighted insights from E-ARK pilots and presented the project's maturity model.

A special panel session with a number of industry experts was devoted to sustainability. During a signing ceremony several organizations committed to safeguarding and maintaining the outcomes of the project.
The Swiss Federal Archives – though not an official project partner – closely cooperated with E-ARK providing valuable expertise and inputs. Find more information about the project and its outcomes.

Streaming video from the at the European Commission is now available online.

The E-ARK project's recent Demo Day video includes an introduction to the project, presentations on the specifications that have been established and demonstrations of the tools and services that have been developed. The video will be of interest to anyone with the need for practical long-term digital record keeping solutions. 

 

[the article above is reproduced from the web pages of the European Commission]

As our project approaches its end, with all pilot work completed and all project outputs delivered, we would like to ask for your your help in assessing how effective our communications have been both to you and, if applicable, to your organisation.

We have created a short, anonymous, survey athttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/eark
which should only take 5 minutes to complete.

The results of the survey will be published on this website.

The E-ARK Project has issued licences for the long-term curation and development of its work.

  license signing

Pictured from left to right - Dr Ross King (Open Preservation Foundation), Ricardo Vieira (DLM Forum), Sharon McMeekin (Digital Preservation Coalition), Professor Janet Delve (E-ARK Project Co-Ordinator, University of Brighton) and Zoltan Szatucek (DLM Forum) displaying the licences which will permit the continued development of the work of the E-ARK Project.

At its Closing Conference, held in Budapest in December 2016, the E-ARK Project issued Apache 2.0 licenses to a number of organisations associated with  Digital Archiving and Preservation to ensure that the work of the Project will continue to be sustained after the project ends on 31 January 2017.

From the outset of the project, all project partners were in agreement that all the outputs should be open and made as widely available as possible.

With the signing if these licences under the Apache 2.0, the Project Partners DLM Forum will take over responsibility for the continued development of the specifications of data formats produced by E-ARK, while OPF, working with the project partners who created them and who will continue to support them, will take over guardianship of software components produced in the project. Project Partner DPC will continue to inform and educate its member organisations about the work of the E-ARK Project to enable them to identify opportunities to improve their processes by the use of the Project's work.

 

The presentations from the E-ARK Final Conference held in Budapest in December 2016 have now been placed online and are available for download.

The presentations can be accessed at http://www.eark-project.com/resources/conference-presentations/finconfpres (click on hyperlink to go directly to the Presentations Folder)

The presentations were also video-ed, and these videos will also be placed online shortly.

We are pleased to report that a new version of the Common Specification for Information Packages was released on the 21st December 2016.

It is available for download at: http://www.eark-project.com/resources/specificationdocs/67-e-ark-draft-common-specification-ver-017

 

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