Media release

Experts discuss challenges faced by the National Archives on the Digital Agenda for Europe

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19 June 2015

On 19–20 June the European Board of National Archivists (EBNA) and the representatives of the European Archives Group (EAG) are discussing one of the main priorities of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union – the Digital Europe.

On the first day of the conference, experts discussed the opportunities and challenges of archives in the Digital Agenda for Europe. The main discussion topics were open data, re-use of information and big data. The archives’ experts of France, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Sweden shared their experience in this field.

The experts agreed that one of the biggest challenges by publishing online digitized archive materials is to balance the public interest with protection of the personal data and copyright.

There is still an ongoing debate on the future of the Personal Data Protection Regulation and its application to archives. On this issue, the copyright expert of Latvia Rihards Gulbis explained the trends and planned changes in the European copyright legislation, and the Co-Chair of European Archives Group Josée Kirps reported on the meeting between the representatives of archives and the Copyright Unit of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) held on 20 May.

On the second day of the meeting, 20 June, a roundtable discussion will take place discussing the archives’ contribution to the economic development and the tools to measure it. Also, The National Archives of Latvia has prepared a draft of standard of archives statistics. The document will be presented and discussed in the meeting.

The 31st meeting of the European Board of National Archivists (EBNA) and Meeting of the 18th European Archives Group (EAG) takes place in Riga, at the National Library of Latvia.


Sintija Lase
Expert in communication