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The E-ARK Project have published their summary report to the EC on their project activities in the final year of the project.

This report summarises the much longer annual reports which are submitted to the European Commission.

The report can be downloaded from the website by clicking here

E-ARK Project Publishes Report on Pilots

The E-ARK Project has now released its final report on the pilots which it has been running across Europe.

It describes the achievements and results of the pilot activities over the entire three-year period with emphasis on the final year of the project. The report lists the resources used and provides an evaluation of progress and final result against the project objectives and milestones and documents the remaining problems. It summarises the recommendations and lessons learned from each pilot and provides input for the overall final report of the project.

The report is available for download from:

The E-ARK Project has now reached the end of its Research Phase

On 31 January 2017, after 3 years, the E-ARK Project has now completed its Research Phase. We are in the process of delivering our final outputs to the European Commission, in preparation for our Year 3 Review, which will be held in Tartu, in Estonia, in March.

Please therefore keep checking back to
where all deliverables are published.

The work begun in the project is not over, however.

The E-ARK Project Members, working through the DLM Forum, the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Open Preservation Foundation, will continue to develop the specifications, tools and services created during the project. Our tools and services have all been released under Apache 2.0 open licenses.




The DLM Forum have formally launched the Digital Archiving Standards Board (DAS Board).

The main role of the DAS Board is to guarantee the sustainability and further development of the digital archiving standards first developed within the E-ARK Project (02.2014 – 01.2017).

The Board comprises eight high-level digital archiving experts across Europe, including representatives from European national archives, international organisations, academia and archival software development. The Board will ensure that:

· digital archiving standards are supported by a wide range of training and dissemination resources,

· institutions are supported in adopting and implementing digital archiving standards,

· the larger archiving community can participate in discussions around the topic of global standardisation in digital preservation.

The Board can be contacted at
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E-ARK project improving methods for digital archiving across the European archives domain

The E-ARK Project organized its final conference followed by workshops in Budapest, in the National Archives of Hungary on 6-8 December 2016.

The E-ARK Project is closely watched by many organizations in the world which  are concerned with preserving their records in an efficient and reliable way. The conference gathered many guests, including a representative of NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) in the US, a representative of UNESCO at the World Meterological Office in Geneva and a representative of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

The project teams were presenting a set of tools developed during the project and tested in several pilots across Europe. They focused on providing simple, efficient access to the workflows for the three main activities of an archive - acquiring, preserving and enabling re-use of information. The conference also highlighted insights from E-ARK pilots and presented the project's maturity model.

A special panel session with a number of industry experts was devoted to sustainability. During a signing ceremony several organizations committed to safeguarding and maintaining the outcomes of the project.
The Swiss Federal Archives – though not an official project partner – closely cooperated with E-ARK providing valuable expertise and inputs. Find more information about the project and its outcomes.

Streaming video from the at the European Commission is now available online.

The E-ARK project's recent Demo Day video includes an introduction to the project, presentations on the specifications that have been established and demonstrations of the tools and services that have been developed. The video will be of interest to anyone with the need for practical long-term digital record keeping solutions. 


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