Archives Portal Europe is fully back online

We are happy to announce that Archives Portal Europe is fully back online, the whole repository available for searches – we currently stand at 284 million, 279 thousand, and 520 descriptive units from 34 countries and 7,112 institutions.

We suffered a major downtime some time ago and eventually had to undergo a full re-indexation in order to solve the issue. Given the utter size of our repository, this took more than two weeks to complete.

But we can now celebrate with this postcard from the Archives départementales du Cantal, from the year 1900 ca.

Archives départementales du Cantal. Available at <>

Cracking digital archival research and metadata: Archives Portal Europe at DARIAH 2020

18th November 2020, 2pm CET, online

Archives Portal Europe will participate to the virtual DARIAH 2020 conference with a roundtable on the 18th November at 2pm CET, which will take place online.

We will present the portal’s re-design and the research features it will allow, and the metadata policies and politics of APE . Mr Johan Van Der Eycken will present the work of DARIAH’s Working Group on Sustainable Standards; Prof Frank Fischer and Laure Barbot will present DARIAH-EU involvement in the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) project. Dr. Klaus Illmayer will make the connections to the Parthenos project.

Following these presentations, speakers and attendees will be invited to reflect together on the role of metadata and cloud computing in digital archival research, and how archivists and researchers can collaborate to make digital archives as open as possible by improving searchability and retrievability. The full abstract is available here.

In order to attend, please register to the DARIAH conference at this link, and select “Cracking digital archival research and metadata” as an option. For any queries, please contact

A collective bibliography on Epidemics in History

The Economic History Society and its blog The Long Run are creating a collective bibliography on Pandemics in History, and we are happy to be curating the primary resources section! We have created this preliminary collection; however, please contribute with references to publications as well as documents, at this link:



New Content Provider – LIBERAS

A new Content Provider from Belgium has joined Archives Portal Europe: Liberas/Liberaal Archief, which holds 180,000 historical records on the history of the liberal movement in Belgium/Flanders, from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. The archives comprise documents, newspapers, images, books, and magazines; material from families, parties, leisure and activists’ associations – all soon available on Archives Portal Europe !

Meanwhile, check their beautiful online collections on their website

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A report from the 24th ICARUS Convention in Belgrade, Serbia

The International Center for Archival Research (ICARUS) organized in Belgrade its 24th Convention, on the theme of Archives and Archival Research in Digital Surrounding, in cooperation with University of Belgrade and Historical Archives of Belgrade.

In three days (23rd – 25th September) over one hundred participants of the Convention had the opportunity to see more than forty presentations which covered various aspects of contemporary trends in the domains of archival researches and digitization of archival material. Besides presentations, guided tours through Historical Archives of Belgrade, National Library of Serbia and Audiovisual Archive and Digitization Center of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts allowed participants of the Convection to get acquainted with current activities and challenges of these institutions.

Presentations of major international projects and initiatives (like European Digital Treasures, The Time Machine Project, and Archival Portal Europe) were complemented with presentations and examples of development and successful implementation of digital tools in local institutions. Theoretical aspects and methodological concepts of implementation of digital technologies in archives were discussed as well.

New challenges and possibilities in development of Archival Portal Europe were presented to the participants on the third day of the Convention by Slobodan Mandic from Historical Archives of Belgrade. He presented new technological capacities available to the users in search of abundant and diverse material preserved on this Portal with examples how to use it while conducting a research of history of Belgrade, Serbia and South East Europe.

All participants of the Convention were given printed program and book with abstracts of presentations. The full texts of the presentations will be printed by the end of the year.

The presentation by Slobodan Mandic on Archives Portal Europe is available  here