In 2006, a European network was set up upon the initiative of the Institute of Netherlands History. It includes institutions with the vocation to promote accessibility to historical sources in the broadest sense, on a national level, especially through the scientific editing of these sources. These missions also involve establishing and providing access to data of a biographical or bibliographical nature.
This network has been set up as a forum for discussion and to exchange the expertise developed in each country. It is also a focal point for shared activities: organising congresses, setting up concrete projects in shared fields of activity, for instance, the rules in term of electronic editing.
Andrea Rzihacek (Institute for Research of the Middle Ages), Chairman
Eef Dijkhof (Institute of Netherlands History), Academic Secretary
Gaëlle Becquet (École Nationale des Chartes)
Henk Wals (Huygens Institute of Netherlands History)
Guy Vanthemsche (Royal Historical Commission)
Jane Winters (Institute of Historical Research)
For its 175th anniversary, the Royal Historical Commission organised an international congress on 29th April 2009, under the auspices of Porta Historica. The themewas: Digital edition of sources in Europe: achievements, (juridical and technical) problems and prospects.