European Union Archive Network
EUAN is a project for the Info2000 initiative launched by DG XIII of the European Commission, responsible for telecommunications and the information market. Info2000 projects are multi-national, public-private sector partnerships which exploit public sector information.
EUAN is about opening up access to archives across the European Union. The underlying vision is that a citizen should be able, using the Internet, to get information about the contents of the national archives of another country of the Union. At present geographical, language and cultural barriers impede this.
The archives of the partners contain a wealth of information from the 11th century to the 20th, ranging from government files to collections of private papers of prominent individuals, from records of the Socialist International to registers of property rights in Scotland and from Swedish diplomatic correspondence to the records of the Allied Control Commission for Italy. The project will open up access to the top level catalogues of all these records.
EUAN will examine both archival questions: how to ensure consistent and standardised description independent of language, and information technology aspects: how to navigate between different computer systems. The project will produce a prototype user interface together with reports and guidelines on promoting further European standardisation in these areas.The EUAN partners are:
EUAN is an inclusive rather than exclusive project and dissemination and sharing of results will go far beyond the consortium partners.
The project, which will begin in January 1999 and run for two years, is worth approximately 0.5 million euros, of which around 0.24 million will be contributed by the EC.
EUAN will be run in close partnership with other European initiatives, including another archive project selected in Info2000, the European Visual Archive (EVA). It will also work closely with international archival bodies including the ICA committees on Information Technology and on Descriptive Standards, and will complement the Swiss initiative to provide a common Internet gateway for European archives. Another related project is MALVINE (Manuscripts and Letters via Integrated Networks in Europe).
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Last updated 20 December 2000.