UK Meeting of the European Board of National Archivists (EBNA)
The UK meeting of the European Board of National Archivists (EBNA) took place at The National Archives on
17 – 18 November 2005.
The conference was attended by representatives from 24 countries,including two non-EU countries (Norway and Switzerland). The two-day
programme, which opened with a keynote speech from Natalie Ceeney,Chief Executive of The National Archives, included a range of talks,
keynote speeches and lively and informative discussions from nationaland international speakers.
In her talk, Natalie highlighted the main challenges facing The National Archives and how as an organisation it is responding to these challenges.
Natalie also talked about how The National Archives has been working with European partners to promote the DLM (Document Lifecycle Management) Forum, monitoring the impact of EU Directives and advising on best practices for record management and archival networks.
The programme also included talksfrom Frank Brady and Pat Manson from the European Commission and importantly, updates from the five working groups taking forward the recommendations of the Report on all sessions during the conference were simultaneously interpreted into English, French, German and Spanish.
During the conference, four groups were formed to propose specific digitisation partnership projects, which included examining funding possibilities.
The groups gave special consideration to the following themes:
‘Recreating the virtual memory of Europe’, ‘Genealogy and Family Ancestry’, ‘Cold war in Europe’ and ‘Preservation of Audiovisual Archives’.
On Friday 18 November, the conference proceedings were concluded with a short presentation by Lorenz Mikoletzky from Austria who provided details of the next EBNA
meeting, which will be held in Vienna in early 2006.