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ECPA brings its work to a close

From: Anne Muller <ecpa<-a>
Date: Friday, June 27, 2008
The European Commission on Preservation and Access was established
in 1994 to promote the preservation of the documentary heritage in
Europe. This year, with the finalization of the TAPE project
<URL:http://www.tape-online.net/>, the ECPA will bring its work to a
close.

Reorganizations within the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and
Sciences, the home of the ECPA ever since its foundation, forced the
ECPA Board to consider whether to continue on another footing, or
bring the work to an end. Given the profound changes in the field
over the past decade, it was concluded that the new environment
requires its own new networks, and restructuring the ECPA to meet
these needs was not the best option. The ECPA was never meant to
live forever, and so now is the time to wrap up its activities.

Over the years the ECPA has been involved in such diverse subjects
as microfilming, deacidification, photographic collections, digital
preservation and audiovisual collections. It has taken part in many
conferences and seminars, produced a list of publications,
maintained several websites and organized a variety of training
courses.

All of this would not have been possible without the support the
ECPA received over the years from many institutions and colleagues.
The ECPA Board and staff wish to express their sincere gratitude to
all those who supported their work and cooperated with them in many
different ways.

The websites of the ECPA <URL:http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/> will remain
on air for some time, and all the information resources have been
transferred to several other organizations, who will use them for
their own activities. The mailing lists of the ECPA, EPIC-LST,
Inkcorrosion-L, SEPIA-LST, and TAPE, will close at the end of July.

The email address ecpa<-a t->bureau< . >knaw< . >nl will be functioning for
another month or so.

Anne Muller
European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA)
c/o Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
PO Box 19121, NL-1000 GC  Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Visiting address: Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, NL-1011 JV
Amsterdam
+31 20 551 08 39
Fax: +31 20 620 49 41


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