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05/05/2020 - Our branch offices and reading rooms
The exit strategy of the State Archives
  • Under reserve of further guidelines by the National Security Council, the State Archives re-opens its reading rooms in two phases:
  1. As from 26 May 2020, students and Ph.D. students whose academic activities require the use of archives are granted access to the reading rooms of the State Archives upon appointment and under the condition that they wear a face mask. Reservation of workspace in the reading room must be made by e-mail to the State Archives in question at least 2 workdays before the visit. You can find the contact details of our services on our website. Students must produce a valid student ID and Ph.D. students must show proof of their doctoral studies at a scientific research fund, a university or a scientific institution. 
  2. Provided that the public health situation in the country allows it, all reading rooms of the State Archives will re-open as from Tuesday 16 June 2020 for the general public.
  • The State Archives shall of course take all necessary precautions to ensure the security of both visitors and staff. The number of available workspaces in the reading rooms depends on the individual configuration of the premises and shall be limited accordingly.
  • In the meantime, we continue to provide minimum service to the maximum extent and to increase our online offer of archives and finding aids.
  • In order to somewhat alleviate the effects of the long closure of our reading rooms, all scheduled repository inventorying activities for 2020 are cancelled.
  • All public events, such as colloquia, group visits, receptions, book presentations, training, etc. organised by the State Archives until 15 June 2020 included are cancelled.
  • Transports and deliveries will progressively resume on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, provided that security distances can be respected.

You can stay informed about further developments via this website and via Facebook.

09/01/2020 - Events - NAB
FOSDEM’20 Dataverse Fringe Meeting - On 31 january 2020

This meeting on the sidelines of FOSDEM'20 offers the opportunity to exchange experiences with Dataverse software and to gather Dataverse users from all over Europe and beyond. One of the Dataverse developers, Philip Durbin of Harvard University, will be present at the meeting.

02/12/2019 - Research - NAB

The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) organized a conference about open science on Wednesday 23 October 2019. The SODA team was there to present our project, whose goals of preserving research data and making them available for reuse is a concrete effort towards a more open science.

02/12/2019 - Research - NAB

At the end of September 2019 data experts from across Europe gathered at the UK Data Archive (UKDA) for the annual CESSDA Expert Seminar (CES 2019). Belgium was represented by the SODA project, one of whose researchers gave a presentation about the new Open Data and Public Sector Information directive.

28/10/2019 - NAB

On 18 October 2019, the colloquium 'Saving the Web: the Promise of a Belgian Web Archive' took place in KBR. The colloquium was organised by the researchers of the PROMISE research project that aims to develop a federal strategy for the preservation of the Belgian web. Web archiving is clearly a 'hot topic' because the event attracted 107 participants from Belgium and abroad. The public was very varied and consisted of people active in the archival or library sector, supranational, federal, regional and local government services, research institutions and universities, genealogy, ...

01/04/2019 - Research - Events - NAB

“Cooperation, and even more so international cooperation, can be considered as a very positive factor in every regard”: With these words, National Archivist Karel Velle welcomed some hundred participants on March 18th to the launch event of the Time Machine project, a pan-European initiative and flagship project of the European Commission.

30/01/2019 - Research - Archives management - Publications - NAB

On 10 October 2016, the Belgian State Archives organised a congress about the impact of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on the core activities of archive services and on their relationship with citizens and users. Eminent speakers from abroad, senior public servants, legal practitioners and archivists with in-depth expert knowledge and international experience reflected on the priorities of archive services, on issues and opportunities to live up to criteria such as accessibility, reliability, authenticity and completeness, but also on tools and procedures to defend and facilitate the very important right to information. The congress proceedings are now available!

30/10/2018 - Digitisation

The State Archives holds a real treasure of cartographic materials, but handing out original maps and plans in the reading rooms bears the risk of deteriorating the state of conservation of these documents. Indeed, repeated unrolling and rolling-up of these maps and plans that are sometimes of considerable size has taken its toll on the documents, which called for a large-scale digitization campaign. In recent years, some 60,000 maps and plans were digitised. This number increases steadily. Roughly 44,000 of these digital images have been processed and are now available for research.

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