European Board of National Archivists (EBNA) - XVth Conference in Berlin, 2007 April 26-27th
Keynote Speech of The Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, Mr. Bernd Neumann, to the XVth EBNA Conference.
Under the German EU Council Presidency and hosted by the Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv), the chief-executives of the national archives from 26 EU member states assembled in Berlin to the XVth Conference of the European Board of National Archivists (EBNA).
The Minister of State to The Chancellor of The Federal Republic of Germany and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, Mr. Bernd Neumann, welcomed the delegations of the member states as well as guests from Switzerland and Liechtenstein and the representatives of the European Commission and the International Council on Archives (ICA). Highlighting the motto of the German EU Council Presidency "Gemeinsam Europa gestalten � Building Europe together", Minister Neumann encouraged the national archivists to take a joint effort for establishing a transborder network for disaster prevention management and recommended the NORA emergency register developed by the Bundesarchiv as a reference model. Mr Neumann emphasised the cultural importance of the European Digital Library (EDL) pointing out that the forthcoming EDL Project should also include information about archives, as the archival heritage specifically illuminates the historical dimension of Europe�s cultural landscape and may therefore strengthen the awareness of common historical backgrounds amongst the peoples of Europe.
Delegates from 26 EU member states assembled to the conference. In front of the picture: Directrice des Archives de France, Mme. Martine de Boisdeffre, and Director-General of The Finnish National Archives, Dr. Jussi Nuorteva.
As representative of The Federal Board of State Archivists (Archivreferentenkonferenz), Dr. Jürgen Rainer Wolf, Chief-Executive of The Saxon State Archives, gave his greetings to the XV EBNA Conference and sketched out the constitution of the federal state archives administrations in Germany together with the structures of professional cooperation and coordination between the archives administrations of the German federation and the 16 German federal states.
Chaired by The President of The Federal Archives (Bundearchiv), Professor Dr. Hartmut Weber, the conference dealt in four working sessions with the protection of cultural property, standards for archival building, strategies for a long-term preservation of electronic records and ways of participating in the forthcoming European Digital Library (EDL) Project. Commander Thomas Frisch (Federal Ministry of Defense) explained the new threat of terrorism and its impact on the protection of cultural property.
The XVth EBNA Conference was chaired by The President of The Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv), Professor Dr. Hartmut Weber (on the right).
During the second session, Archivoberrat Dr. Sebastian Barteleit (Bundesarchiv) discussed international and national standards for archival building with respect to the construction of the new Bundesarchiv repository building to be erected in Berlin, and demonstrated ways of how to combine these standards with current requirements such as low-energy building, ecological power generation and sustainable construction. Archivoberrätin Dr. Andrea Hänger (Bundesarchiv) presented a concept for digital archiving at the Bundesarchiv and explained the philosophy behind the concept. Dr. Hänger initiated a lively discussion about different approaches towards long-term preservation of born digital records acquired from administrational and other decision-making processes. The first conference day finished with a guided tour at the newly opened Bode Museum and with a dinner held by the Minister of State, Mr. Neumann, for the EBNA delegates at the Opera Palais "Unter den Linden".
On the second conference day, the fourth working session focused on how to participate in the forthcoming European Digital Library (EDL) Project and discussed different ways of cooperation. Professor Dr. Angelika Menne-Haritz, vice-president of the Bundesarchiv, presented the activities of the Bundesarchiv on developing a union finding aid for an Internet gateway to archives and discussed different solutions of how to integrate archival content into the EDL. The majority of delegates from the EU member were firmly interested in creating an Internet Gateway for archives in Europe based on the EAD standard.
The internal EBNA Business Meeting approved on the following key subjects for the next EBNA Conferences: protecting cultural property, disaster prevention management, archival standardisation (especially for archival buildings), The European Digital Library Project, evaluating and auditing archival structures and working processes, identifying key performance indicators for archival working processes, commercial uses of digitised archival materials.
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