On the Waterfront 33

24 January 2018 - 9:31

On the Waterfront is the semi-annual magazine of the IISH. This is issue 33 (2017)

On the Waterfront : newsletter from the Friends of the IISH
Authors: Bouwe Hijma, Huub Sanders, Eric de Ruijter
Place of publication: Amsterdam
Year: 2017 / Issue: 33 / Format: 16 pp.

Including a lecture by Yvonne Scholten 'Those who fought in Spain'.


In the previous issue we mentioned that 2016 has been dedicated to forging the alliance with the ING Huygens and the Meertens Institute within the knaw Humanities Cluster. The objectives are to encourage humanities research and to set up a digital infrastructure that is equipped to cover new questions and methods in the disciplines in this field. The joint operations desk is now based in downtown Amsterdam. Some staff have left the Cruquiusweg as a consequence. Both those who left and those who remained faced an adjustment. Still, the jubilation at the internal launch of the Cluster in the ‘Waalse Kerk’ on 12 October 2016 is very promising.

As was announced in the previous issue, the collection developers at the iish have gone digital with a vengeance as well. Using the abbreviation ADA (Acquisition Digital Archives), collectors in Amsterdam have begun approaching the large archive builders who entrusted their archives to the iish systematically to streamline the transition from storing paper to digital archives. Some organizations are more easily convinced than others. The importance of this step is broadly acknowledged, as evidenced by the fact that several organizations have already transferred many Terabytes of archives.

The agreement that the iish reached with Pictoright in June 2016 is a major milestone and has restored the images in the catalogue. This marks the end of the most unfortunate situation, where our laborious and costly work on the image collections was not available to the public.

On 1 October 2016 Joost Jonker joined the Research Department as senior researcher. Joost has been a professor of corporate history at the University of Amsterdam since 2012, thanks to an endowed chair sponsored by the neha. He and Oscar Gelderblom are conducting the nwo project inclusive finance about financing small and medium-sized companies.

IISH On the Waterfront 33