CEF eArchiving in Germany

@Bundesarchiv /Dahlmanns, Tim 

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) eArchiving building block team, invited by the National Archives of Germany, was in Berlin to present the CEF Building Blocks and eArchiving on the 25th of April 2019. 

The National Archives of Germany invited CEF to present the  eArchiving specifications, developed by E-ARK, including OAIS and METS that are open-source and easily accessible via CEF Digital. With this invitation and event, the organisers hoped to raise awareness of CEF eArchiving and the specifications in the German archiving community. 

The afternoon kicked-off with four presentations: 

  • Dr. Sebastian Gleixner (Bundesarchiv): Mass data as challenge: An overview of digital archiving in the Federal Archive
  • Dr. Ulrike Korte (Federal Office for Information Security ): Introduction to eIDAS, ETSI Long-Term Preservation (LTP) und BSI TR-03125 (TR-ESOR)
  • Steffen Schwalm (msg systems ag; in Vertretung für Herrn Sandro Hardy, Bundesarchiv): Nutzungsmöglichkeiten des E-ARK4ALL-SIPs
  • Sophia Bünemann (Europäische Kommission): Introduction to the Building Blocks of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) of the European Commission
  • Janet Anderson (National Archive Denmark): E-ARK4ALL - the project that created a building block
  • Karin Bredenberg (Reichsarchiv Schweden): The eArchiving Building Block core specifications for filling up the European fridges

This was followed by the podium discussion including Ms. Karin Bredenberg, Dr. Ulrike Korte, Mr. Steffen Schwalm and Prof Dr. Christian Keitel (State Archives of Baden-Wurrtenberg), moderated by Ms. Dr. Sina Westphal (Federal Archive) and Dr. Sebastian Gleixner. 

The discussion revolved around the future perspective of the implementation of eArchiving, based on E-ARK specifications, in existing archiving systems and standards in Germany. In addition, the purpose, sustainability and risks of standardisation were discussed.  In the process, it emerged that all participants in the discussion would favour a stronger standardisation of the transfer information packages (SIPs) in order to be able to simplify the associated workflows and make them more efficient

The same should apply to the information packs for purposes of use (DIPs) in order to facilitate data exchange in this area. When processing the information packages in the respective archiving systems, opinions were more likely to avoid, as far as possible, any form of rigid regulation. The use of digital signature techniques (signatures, seals, timestamps, evidence records) for authenticity, integrity and their agreement with the E-ARK information systems was also an issue. Which techniques should be used depends primarily on whether the preservation of evidence or the preservation of information is in the foreground.

The final discussion with the audience expressed the importance of improving the interoperability of different archival approaches and data sharing through common standards, while still maintaining flexibility in technical innovation. At the same time, however, everyone became aware that the discussions are far from over.

Please find a copy of this article on the Federal Archives site (in German) and the presentations below: 

Dr. Sebastian Gleixner- Mass as a challenge 01-gleixner.pdf

Ulrike Korte, eIDAS, ETSI Long-Term Preservation 02-korte.pdf

Sophia Bunemann, the CEF Building Blocks 04-buenemann.pdf

Janet Anderson, E-ARK4ALL 05-anderson.pdf

Karin Bredenberg, The eArchiving Building Block core specifications 06-bredenberg.pdf

To learn more about the CEF Building Blocks, visit CEF Digital.

Last updated on  May 13, 2019 16:21

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