Video presentations and slides for all webinars are now available here.


"The Danish format and tool for the preservation of statistical data", Ann-Kristin Egeland and Christian Babiarz Madsen from the Danish National Archives, 19th January at 14 (CET).

Colleagues from the Danish National Archives have specified a new preservation format for statistical data based on the SIARD.DK preservation format for databases. In this presentation, they will show the Danish tool ASTA which is used for transferring data from statistical files like SAS, SPSS, Stata and R to a SIP in the specified preservation format. ASTA is also a validation tool for testing this SIP and an access tool for converting the statistical data in the preservation format back to a statistical file format. The tool and specifications for the preservation format are available for download on the website of the Danish National Archives in both Danish and English. They will also share their experiences developing the tool ASTA and challenges they and the data creators meet when using this tool for ingest, preservation and access. By 2023 The Danish National Archives will implement the E-ARK preservation formats both the CSIP and the updated SIARD 2.2 specification, and they expect that ASTA will be further developed to adapt to this new format as well.

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“Geoforum meeting”, 4th February

Geoarh and the DLM Forum are pleased to invite the members of the DLM Forum to the first online Geoforum meeting in 2021. Due to a successful Geoforum event in 2020, we are continuing to give voice to our members who are willing to share their experiences with geodata, this time from the Czech Republic. Moreover, we will be introducing the development of the new specifications for the preservation of GIS systems. In the second part of the event, a common learning platform for learning about long-term preservation of geospatial records will be presented, and there will be an opportunity for the attendees to express their needs for content. Finally, there will be a presentation on LIDAR, a different, more recent geospatial format.

Programme on the 4th of February

Time (CET) Title
9:30–9:45 Introduction to Geoforum online meeting, Chair: Gregor Završnik
9:45–10:15 Preserving geographical information systems, why and how, Gregor Završnik, Geoarh, Slovenia
10:15–10:45 GIS and meeting the requirements of the archival legislation, geodata preservation project, Martin Rechtorik, National Archives, the Czech Republic
10:45–10:50 Short break
10:50–11:20 Geospatial records preservation training with the eArchiving Building Block – options, opportunities, and needs, Dr Jaime Kaminski, CEF eArchiving Building Block activity lead training
11:20–11:40 Introduction to LIDAR data and its preservation, Lojze Miklavčič,, Slovenia
11:40–11:50 Short break
11:50–12:20 DLM Geoforum Members Meeting, Chair: Gregor Završnik - Discussion on common criteria for geospatial long-term preservation formats; Call for papers for the Geopreservation Conference, AOB.

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"The challenges of building, managing, and opening an archive related to nuclear energy", Chris Sinclair and Gordon Reid from the Nuclear and Caithness Archive in Scotland, 18th March at 14 (CET).

Safeguarding the information of the nuclear age for posterity presents a major challenge. Nuclear waste will remain radioactive for hundreds of years, and the records that describe it – what it is, and how it was created, managed, packaged and stored – will also have to be kept, and made available when required. It is also vital to keep a record of technologies and innovations, as well as the key decisions that were made.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the UK has therefore begun an ambitious programme to manage all existing records and information across the UK’s civil nuclear industry to create a records management facility for the industry and an archive for the researchers of the future. To that end, a purpose-built archive for the civil nuclear industry has been built in Wick in the far north of Scotland. This is Nucleus: the Nuclear and Caithness Archive, which opened in 2017. It has already started receiving records from the nuclear sites across the UK and laying the foundations of a digital and paper archive for the future.

In this webinar Chris Sinclair, Operations Manager at Nucleus, and Gordon Reid, Nuclear Archivist, will describe the journey that got us to this point, key challenges that have been overcome and lessons learned, and the next steps.

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"Archiving COVID-19 in the Netherlands", Geert Leloup (National Archives), Dick de Vries and/or Remko Koning (Ministry of Health) and Thomas Meuwese (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), 11th May at 13 (CET).

How do you foresee the unforeseen? How do you pinpoint and document an unexpected, overwhelming and constantly changing pandemic like COVID-19? With all its far reaching political, social and economic consequences for a nation and its citizens? In the Netherlands, an existing appraisal instrument – the so-called “hotspot monitor” – is used to identify, safeguard and preserve (more) information concerning COVID-19, as well as to justify those decisions. The Dutch National Archives closely cooperate with many governmental institutions, which explains why this webinar consists of two parts. The first part is a general introduction by the National Archives of the Netherlands, which explains the underlying appraisal method and the general approach of COVID-19 as a ‘hotspot’. A second part is devoted to the specific approach by the Ministry of Health and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, which find themselves at the centre of all events. This webinar offers a unique opportunity to discover the hotspot philosophy, its many advantages and its equally many pitfalls.

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"European Data Governance Act", Andrea Katalin Tóth, Legal and Policy Officer at the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission, 11th June at 13 (CET)

The Data Governance Act is the first legislative initiative to have been adopted under the European Strategy for Data. It aims to foster trust in voluntary data sharing, which is essential for the further development of the European data economy, and the creation of the European single market for data. The Data Governance Act puts in place enabling structures and mechanisms, that will serve as the foundation for future work on data, including on the sectoral data spaces. This webinar will focus on the different elements proposed under the Data Governance Act, how they would work in practice and how they would contribute to achieving the objectives of the proposal.

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