Professional Visits

The last day of the conference (Friday morning 20 Sept, 10.00-13.00) is reserved for visits to Dutch Digital Heritage Institutes. The Professional Visits Programme allows all iPRES 2019 attendees to take a peek into the digital preservation world of The Netherlands and to see how some of Hollands’ best collections are being preserved.

Travel to the Venue
Some of the venues you can visit are in Amsterdam, some of them at a short distance away from Amsterdam (max. 1 hour train). You will travel on your own and a host will welcome you at the venue.

Guided Tours
The hosting organizations will offer guided tours in which they will present their achievements in digital preservation. All tours start at 10 AM. Read up on these tours by clicking on the institute of your choice here below:

Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
Atria, Institute on gender equality and women’s history, Amsterdam
Amsterdam City Archives, Amsterdam
International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam
LIMA, Platform for Media Art, Amsterdam
SURF, Amsterdam
KB National Library of The Netherlands, Den Haag
National Archives Netherlands, Den Haag
DANS, Institute for Permanent Access to Digital Research Data, Den Haag
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum
Het Nieuwe Instituut, State Archive for Architecture and Urban Planning, Rotterdam
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam
Stadsarchief Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Delft University of Technology, Delft


Eye Collection Centre

Photo of Eye Collection Centre by Ton Söder

Eye Filmmuseum collects, preserves, digitises, restores, and provides access to a collection that illustrates the film art, culture, and heritage of the Netherlands. Eye plays a leading role in the field of preservation, digitisation, and restoration of film and closely collaborates with partner institutions and experts in the Netherlands and abroad. Eye’s analogue collections are stored in state-of-the-art climatised depots and the born-digital and digitised collections are housed in sustainable storage environments. This tour is an opportunity to look behind the scenes of Eye’s Collection Centre. You will gain insight into both the analogue and digital workflows of the large film archive, its digital restoration approach, the way Eye stores and gives access to its digital collection.

How to get there
You will find the Eye Collection Centre on Asterweg 26, Amsterdam. It is near the Eye Filmmuseum, located in Buiksloterham: a neighbourhood in North Amsterdam. When arriving at Amsterdam Central Station, take the exit to IJzijde (IJ bank) to take a ferry.

Take the ferry in the direction of Buiksloterweg. The 24/7 ferry service is free and leaves every few minutes. The ferry ride takes approximately three minutes.

Eye Collection Centre is a 15 to 20-minute walk or a 5-minute bicycle ride from the ferry terminal. Walk or cycle past Eye Filmmuseum and continue via Overhoeksparklaan, Bundlaan, Grasweg to Asterweg.

The Collection Centre is located at Asterweg 26. Take bus 38 to either Grasweg or Distelweg stop. The Collection Centre is in between these two stops.

Atria, Institute on gender equality and women’s history

The heart of the feminist community beats loud and strong in the city centre of Amsterdam. Atria is the national knowledge institute for gender equality and women’s history. It collects, manages and shares the heritage of women and, on the basis of research and facts, promotes equal treatment of women and men in all diversity. Atria has signed the national Diversity Charter.

The archive and library located in the city centre of Amsterdam contain special and surprising must-see pieces, which are worth a visit. Tjarda de Haan, Head of Collections, will give a guided tour through the library and archive, with the focus into the progress and workprocess of digital preservation at Atria. Tjarda will also highlight the current project of long-term conservation of the ‘100 years Women’s suffrage Virtual Reality Experience’.

How to get there
Atria is housed at De Vijzel complex near De Munt tower. The address is Vijzelstraat 20 in Amsterdam. The library is located on the ground floor and the office is on the second floor, wheelchair accessible with assistance. Atria on Google Maps

Free bicycle parking space
You can park your bike for free at the Fietspuntstalling Vijzelstraat (entrance next to De Vijzel complex).

Public transport
Atria is easy to reach with public transport. From Amsterdam’s Central Station you can take the connection between Amsterdam Noord en Zuid (metro 52). Get off at Vijzelstraat, walk back and you will find us. You can also take tram 24 and get off at Muntplein. Walk a little further and you will find us.
Alternatively, you can take trams 4 or 14 to the Rembrandtplein stop. Here you should walk a little way back towards De Munt tower, and then cross the road and turn immediately left into the Vijzelstraat.

Amsterdam City Archives

Photo by Amsterdam Municipal Department for the Preservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings and Sites (httpscommons)

The Amsterdam City Archives is the largest – and many say, most beautiful – city archive in the world. Located in the historic De Bazel building, it houses a historical collection that includes a huge range of official papers, letters, maps and early audiovisual material. The house of one of the first digital repositories for city archives in the Netherlands, the organization has a long experience in digitization and digital preservation. During this visit, the Archives will show case studies of pre-ingest and ingest of digital archives and the visitor will have the chance to take a look to its beautiful building and collections.

In the last decennia digital information management has become a key value for the city council and its archives. Since 2015 the Amsterdam’s city council embraced the idea that all information should be digital. This resolution called for a reorganization of the archiving procedures within the administrative, primary and supporting processes of the information chain. In this session the participants will get acquainted with the strategy and procedures of the Amsterdam’s City Council on digital archiving and two case studies of transfer of digital archives and pre- and ingest workflows.

10:00 – Doors will open at the Amsterdam City Archives. Registration at the information desk.
10:15 – Presentation Digital Archiving program at the Amsterdam’s City Council
10:35 – Case study: the North/South subway project
10:50 – Case study: Maagdenhuis: the students’ protest archive
11:10 – Guided tour
12:30 – End

How to get there
Address: Vijzelstraat 32, Amsterdam

Tram 24 (stop Muntplein) or the subway 52 (stop Vijzelgracht) brings you to the Amsterdam City Archives. If you are a distance walker, you will enjoy walking through the city center. The walking distance from the Central Station to the Archives is 20 minutes.

International Institute of Social History

Photo of the ISSH building

The IISH is a research institute that examines how work and labour relations develop globally over time. It collects archival material, publications and research data in the field of social and emancipatory movements. Famous collections are those of Marx-Engels, Bakoenin, Greenpeace and Amnesty. More and more the institute collects digital material and this poses all kinds for new challenges. The site visit will give an impression of the digital preservation workflows (for born digital material, digitized material and research data) that the institute is busy developing. Also the visit will contain a behind the scenes tour of the archival and library collections.

1000-1015 Welcome coffee
1015-1130 Introduction to the IISH digital preservation workflows
1130-1230 Tour of the collection

How to get there
Address: Cruquiusweg 31 in Amsterdam
Bus 22 (stop Veelaan) or tram 26 (stop Rietlanden, 10 minute walk) brings you to the IISH.

Digital Preservation @ LIMA

Image: Geert Mul, Shan Shui, 2013, interactive installation. Used as a case study for LIMA’s research project Future Proof, a digital art preservation project in collaboration with the artist.

Due to the obsolescence of software, hardware and network infrastructures, born-digital art is subject to constant technological change and rapid obsolescence. Digital artworks require appropriate care that recognises the form and content, as the crucial unique characteristics of each work of art.

LIMA is the expertise centre in the Netherlands for sustaining digital art. LIMA manages and maintains a digital repository for various museums, artists and private collectors. In order to demonstrate our profession we will give an introduction into the history of media art and present recent projects (Future Proof- interactive installations) and developed preservation tools (Arthost-online art).

How to get there
Address: Arie Biemondstraat 111 in Amsterdam

Public Transport from Centraal Station Amsterdam:
Tram 17, Stop: Ten Katemarkt/ Kinkerstraat: 5 minute walk.
Tram 11, Stop: 1e Constantijn Huygensstraat. 8 minute walk.

By car from Centraal Station Amsterdam

  • Make a sharp right onto Prins Hendrikkade
  • Turn left onto Martelaarsgracht and bear left onto Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal
  • At the traffic lights turn right onto Raadhuisstraat.
  • After 1.4 km turn left onto Bilderdijkstraat
  • Take the third left right onto Jacob Van Lennepstraat
  • Make a right onto Tollenstraat,Turn left onto Borgerstraat, on the end turn left, and you should see our building on your left.
    *Paid parking.


SURFsara in Amsterdam

In SURF, education and research institutions work together on ICT facilities and innovation in order to make full use of the opportunities offered by digitisation. In this way, together we can make better and more flexible education and research possible.

The tour of the data center includes a short presentation about the building and SURFsara, which will be held in the board room of the building, next to the supercomputer Cartesius. After that, the tour will proceed to take a closer look to the supercomputer and the data archive facilities. In particular, the operation of the large tape robot will be explained in-situ.

On the day of the tour every participant needs to bring a valid ID document to pass the security check and enter the building.

How to get there
Address: Science Park 140 in Amsterdam

National Archives of the Netherlands
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the national library of the Netherlands
DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services)

The visit will take place on the premises of KBNL and NANETH (situated next to each other)

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the written heritage of the Netherlands in both printed and digital form? Then this is your chance. In this 3-in-1 professional visit the National Archives of the Netherlands (NANETH), National Library of the Netherlands (KBNL) and Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) will present themselves and let you experience what it takes to keep our intellectual heritage safe for future generations. The visit will take place on the premises of KBNL and NANETH (situated next to each other) which gives you a unique opportunity to get a tour around our master pieces and depots in one stop. Moreover, you will be given insight in our state-of-the-art activities in several sessions, such as work done on persistent identifiers, CTS certification, software archiving, web archiving, ingest workflows and demonstrations of preserving optical media carriers and archiving solution. And of course you will have the opportunity to speak with our experts if you have not already done so during the iPres conference.

How to get there
Address: Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 20 in Den Haag. The co-hosted location is situated 2 minutes walking distance from railway station The Hague Central Station. A train journey from Amsterdam takes less than 1 hour. Follow the signs at the station towards the Nationaal Archief. You will be welcomed at the reception desk of the Nationaal Archief.

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision is the institute for media culture. We manage a diverse media collection that grows daily. In addition to one of the largest audiovisual collections in Europe, you will find other forms of media – written press, political prints, websites and media-related objects – in the collection. A large part of this collection is digitally stored. We were the first national audiovisual archive in the world to be awarded with the Data Seal of Approval. During the tour you will get a taste of the building, the museum, as well as the object depots and the digitization facilities.

How to get there
Sound and Vision is located in the nearby city of Hilversum. The Media Park, where we’re situated, is home to a number of Dutch broadcasters and media companies, and is the headquarters of the national public broadcasting system NPO. Our address is Media Parkboulevard 1, 1217 WE in Hilversum. Sound and Vision is located at walking distance from the Hilversum Media Park train station. The train ride takes about 40 minutes, by either a direct connection or with a short transfer (on the same platform) in Weesp. Use the NS Journey Planner to schedule your trip.

Het Nieuwe Instituut, State Archive for Architecture and Urban Planning

An analogue and digital version of the building of Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut is the keeper of the State owned Collection of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning and it aims to increase the appreciation of the cultural and social significance of architecture, design and digital culture and to strengthen the interaction between these disciplines. Preservation of and sustainable access to the analogue and digital collection are main responsibilities. Het Nieuwe Instituut will present the projects and activities in which we are meeting these challenges, such as our digital preservation policy, the development of digital preservation facilities and our multi-year programme ‘Architectuur Dichterbij’ about the visibility, usability and sustainability of our analogue and digitized collection.

How to get there
Address: Museumpark 25 in Rotterdam
Plan your visit to Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Nederlands Fotomuseum

The Nederlands Fotomuseum

We safeguard the Netherlands’ current and future photographic heritage and make it relevant to today’s international context. In doing so, we exhibit photography that reflects the world we live in and share it with society to enrich people’s lives with visual stories.

The Fotomuseum is responsible for more than 169 archives of historical and contemporary photographers. During the visit you will be guided through the cold storages of the museum, where about 5.6 million negatives and slides are housed alongside photoalbums, prints, camera’s, documents and photobooks. You will also visit the digitization room and restoration department. The exhibition Lust for Life | Ed van der Elsken in colour, shows a selection from the restored and digitised colorslides.

How to get there
Address: Las Palmas Building, Wilhelminakade 332 in Rotterdam.
Plan your visit to the Photomuseum.

Stadsarchief Rotterdam

The Stadsarchief Rotterdam Building

Rotterdam City Archives is responsible for the archives of the municipality of Rotterdam, 4 cities in the environment of Rotterdam, 2 Water boards, the regional environmental authority, the Rotterdam Port authority and the archives of the regional safety authority. The Rotterdam City Archives, preserve, manage and safeguard more than 40km of paper archives and roughly 150tb of digital archives.

During the visit we plan to organise a panel presentation and discussion about the way the municipality of Rotterdam is dealing with the implementation of monitored record management and archiving by design, emphasizing how we implement our preservation policy and -planning by way of working together with the administrations of Rotterdam and the other parties. As well, we will pay attention to our approach to chain automatization

The visit is scheduled from 10.00 to 12.30 hrs, ending with lunch. If you have specific dietary wishes, please notify us well in advance. Please send in your RSVP on the 13th of September at the latest

How to get to there
Address: Hofdijk 651 in Rotterdam

By Train:
Every half hour (four minutes past the hour and four minutes past the half hour) there is an Intercity from Amsterdam Central Station to Rotterdam Central Station, taking approximately 65 minutes. From there it is a 10 minute walk, or a two-stop trip by tram 4 from Rotterdam Central Station to the Rotterdam City Archives.

Five times every hour (h.08, h.22, h.25, h.38, h.53) there is an intercity direct service from Amsterdam Central Station to Rotterdam Central Station, taking approximately 40 minutes. From there it is a 10 minute walk to the Rotterdam City Archives. Please be aware that this high-speed service comes with a surcharge.

By Car (approximately 1 hour):
Follow A4 and A13, exit Kleinpolderplein and follow S113 (Stadhoudersweg) to S112 (Schieweg), turn right on the S112 (Schieweg) and at the Bokelweg turn left. Turn right at the Hofdijk. There is sufficient parking space in front of the building, however parking fees apply.

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology & 4TU.ResearchData (the Dutch data archive for the technical sciences) invite iPres delegates to its workshop “Caring and Curating for Research Data”.

4TU.ResearchData provides an archive for long-term access and curation of research datasets, with a focus on data from science, engineering and technology. The archive went live in 2010 and since then has been managed as a service for researchers (from universities around the world) to deposit and share their data, and for other researchers to download and use data in their research –

Research Data is now a hot topic. The FAIR principles, open data pilot, data-driven science, open science infrastructure are all phrases regularly heard within the research domain. Yet while there exist many keen enthusiasts for data, many researchers are reluctant to get involved, citing issues of time or even of its unimportance. But if we consider research data such an important output, then we need to do more to ensure it receives the care and curation it deserves. 

The programme will introduce delegates to the TU Delft’s approach to building a culture of good research data management. TU Delft has taken an approach that is systematic (by involving many related stakeholders across the university) but also pragmatic (that acknowledges the different motivations, or lack of them, that researchers have in managing their data well)

The programme will take a three-pronged approach, concentrating on TU Delft’s approach to a) policy development, b) cultural change and c) technical infrastructure. It will involve presentations and interactive sessions, from both policy staff in the TU Delft library and Data Stewards working in the faculties. 

The event will be hosted in the TU Delft Library. Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit the Library.


10.00 Coffee and Introductions (Alastair Dunning)
10.10 Research Data Management Services (Alastair Dunning)
10.30 Interactive Session – 10 Top Tips for Research Data Management Services (led by Alastair Dunning)
11.00 A Day in the Life of the Data Steward (Heather Andrews)
11.20 Break
11.45 TU Delft’s Vision for Research Data Training (Paula Martinez)
12.00 Learning Research data via Lego Lego Game (Alastair Dunning,Paula Martinez)
12.30 Lunch
13.00 Close

How to get there
Address: TU Delft Library, Prometheusplein 1 in Delft
From Delft Railway Station, take: Bus 40, 55, 69, 174 (get off at stop TU Aula)