The Archives Portal Europe Wiki
The Archives Portal Europe has been created and enhanced through years of collective development. In particular, we have made considerable efforts to implement standardisation and to create tools to manage and publish data from a wide range of archives across Europe.
You can easily access all relevant documentation via the Archives Portal Europe Wiki that provides you with an overview as well as detailed manuals on:
- International archival standards as defined for their use in the Archives Portal Europe;standards as defined for their use in the Archives Portal Europe;standards as defined for their use in the Archives Portal Europe;
- The tools for data processing and data delivery made available by the Archives Portal Europe;
- Technical documentation associated with these tools and the implementation of standards.
The Wiki also offers general information on the Archives Portal Europe and how to make the best use of it for your research. A list of frequently asked questions is offered as well as a selection of software that supports data provision to the Archives Portal Europe.
The main goal of the Archives Portal Europe is to meet user expectations by providing seamless access to various archival resources held throughout Europe. To achieve this, we have developed common European profiles of the international XML schemas EAD (Encoded Archival Description), EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families), EAG (Encoded Archival Guide) and METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) that act as pivotal formats enabling the Archives Portal Europe to deliver standardised data to Europeana.
Within the standards section of our Wiki you can learn more about these specific Archives Portal Europe profiles, how they differ from the general standard and how the tools provided by the portal can support you in either transforming your existing data into these common formats or in creating new data based on them.
The Archives Portal Europe provides tools to support the participating institutions with data management and preparation of their content for presentation in the Archives Portal Europe. They can decide themselves if they want to use the local Data Preparation Tool or to work centrally in the portal’s back-end, the dashboard.
The realisation of all the tools is based on existing data provided by the partners which is already structured in "local" versions of archival exchange standards such as EAD (Encoded Archival Description), EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families) and METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) or drawn from databases compliant with ISAD(G) (General International Standard Archival Description) and ISAAR-CPF (International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families) to describe the record creators and ISDIAH (International Standard for Describing Institutions with Archival Holdings) to describe the archival institutions themselves.
In the Archives Portal Europe Wiki you can find detailed manuals for using our tools within the various contexts of the local and central applications. You will also have access to further technical documentation on the tools and their implementation via the Wiki should you be interested in re-using some of our developments. The code of our tools is available on GitHub under the European Union Public Licence.
The Archives Portal Europe and its supporting tools have been developed under the European Union Public Licence. The code is made available on GitHub and you can find additional technical documentation on the Archives Portal Europe Wiki.