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Into the Contents of Collections

New ways to open the resources of archives and libraries

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On 13/12/2019KBR (Entrance : Mont des Arts 28, 1000 Brussels) - Royal Skyroom

From 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

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Archives and Libraries in Belgium (ABB) adresses issues that archivists and librarians face in their daily work and aims at tightening the bonds between the two professions. On Friday 13 December 2019, ABB examines the developments in access to archive and library collections, such as the ‘googlisation’ of research, on the occasion of a colloquium at the Royal Library of Belgium. You can expect a kaleidoscope of approaches and exeriences, with a recurrent theme however: the central place of users.

The expectations of archive and library users have significantly changed since the digital revolution. User groups change, expand, and diversify as online access to digital resources increases. Among the major developments are the googlisation of research and the demand for extensive and transparent access to digital content, supported by the open data initiative and the European PSI directive on reuse of public sector information.

How do archives and libraries tackle these expectations? How do they manage between all the constraints and opportunities? Which new ways do they explore to enhance user experience and facilitate access to the contents of their collections?

Some libraries and archives launch ingenious projects in fields as diverse as the development of Linked (Open) Data (LOD) or the organisation of hackathons, creating partnerships to pool innovative skills. Collection catalogues and archive inventories are called up to change. Handwritten text recognition progresses rapidly and makes the contents of documents that only a specialized audience could read now accessible to all.


  • 9.00     Reception
  • 9.25     Welcome and introduction to the program
    Rolande Depoortere (State Archives of Belgium; ABB)
  • 9.30     De verwachtingen van het publiek ten aanzien van een digitale omgeving
                 Janna Leguijt (Hogeschool van Amsterdam)
  • 9.55     Digitale gebruikerservaring als startpunt: the Design factor 
    Rosemie Callewaert (independent digital architect, innovation consultant,
                  data- & information architect, usability expert)
  • 10.20    Renewing the archives description to enhance the digital user experience:
                 RDF, Ontologies and Records in Contexts

                   Florence Clavaud (International Council on Archives/Expert Group on Archival Description)
  • 10.45    Questions
  • 10.55    Coffee break
  • 11.15    Handwritten Text Recognition: the Perfect Access to Manuscript Content?
    Andy Stauder (READ COOP SCE)
  • 11.40    Een bibliotheek zonder eigen cataloog: hoe kan dat?
                  Coen Wilders (Library of Utrecht University)
  • 12.05    L’open data dans les archives favorise-t-il l’accès au contenu des collections ?
                 Un bilan français 

                  Jean-Charles Bedague (Service interministériel des Archives de France)
  • 12.30    Questions
  • 12.40    Lunch Break (note: lunch is not provided by the organization)
  • 13.45    Nouvelles formes de crowdsourcing : l’organisation d’un hackathon dans une institution
                 culturelle de conservation patrimoniale

                  Pauline Berni and Gaëtano Piraino (Archives nationales de France)
  • 14.10    Linked (open) data et data mining dans les bibliothèques et les archives :
                 expériences, limites et potentiel 

                  Anne Chardonnens (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • 14.35    Le Digilab de la Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique
                  Frederic Lemmers (KBR)
  • 15.00    Questions
  • 15.15    Conclusions
                  Rolande Depoortere (State Archives of Belgium; ABB)

Every speaker speaks in his own language (no simultaneous translation provided). e-Procurement