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Without the World Wide Web, there would be no Archivematica. And without CERN, there would be no World Wide Web. So it only seems fitting that Archivematica Camp is heading to the birthplace of the web in October 2019!

Inspired by similar events like Hydra Camp, Islandora Camp and Fedora Camp, Archivematica Camp is intended to provide a space for anyone interested in or currently using Archivematica to come together, learn about the platform from other users, and share their experiences.

A big thanks to CERN, Docuteam, and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for co-hosting this camp!

Dates and Location

October 22-24, 2019 - CERN

Sessions will be held at the CERN campus just outside of Geneva, Switzerland.

Access to the CERN campus is possible with a visitor's pass. All attendees should have received a reservation code when registering for the conference, and this code can be used to print badges at entrance points. In case you do not have your badge code, you must go to reception and get registered, showing your registration information for Archivematica Camp. CERN staff will be available as a guarantor in case of issues -- the reception can call Jean-Yves Le Meur if necessary.

With an ID card and a badge or reservation code, the best is to enter at Entrance B and go to to IT Auditorium, 3rd floor, room 31-3-004. This is either a 10 minutes walk or a 7mn shuttle drive (from 300 SC to 504 Restaurant 2 of the shuttle, see more information here ).

For the full rules and guidelines for CERN access, see their official procedure page here.

Below is a map of the facilities.



Registration is now available through CERN's event portal:

Please note that you must continue to payment options. Registrations without payment will be considered invalid.

Early bird: €400.00, available until July 15st

Full price: €450.00, available until October 18th

Full registration gets you three full days of training, discussion, and deep dive sessions into related topics like METS visualization and preservation planning, taught by experienced Archivematica users and developers! Full registration also includes lunch and coffee breaks for all three days as well as appetizers at the group social event (To Be Announced).

Know before you go

Digital preservation knowledge expectations

If you've registered because you are curious about Archivematica but not sure what a SIP, DIP, or AIP is, you might find it helpful to read up on digital preservation fundamentals before Day 1. We recommend Ashley Blewer's digital preservation and OAIS slidedecks as good starting points to learn about digital preservation and the OAIS reference model, on which Archivematica is based. If you want to dive deeper, there are a lot of OAIS and digital preservation primers out there! A basic grounding in the fundamentals should be enough to get you started.

Bring a laptop

We have hands-on sessions planned and Archivematica pipelines ready for learning, so please bring a laptop! You may want to set up your own pipeline using vagrant and VirtualBox - this isn't required, but if you're keen then go for it. You'll find instructions to do that here (please do this before you arrive at camp!).


The morning coffee break will be catered and lunches will be provided. There are other places to find food and drink on the CERN campus as well.

Accessibility TBD

Code of conduct

We are committed to providing a welcoming and positive experience for everyone, whether you are in a session, online, or in a social setting. This means that Archivematica Camp Geneva is governed by a Code of Conduct, which you can read at the bottom of this page.

Questions or concerns?

Please email us at with "Archivematica Camp Geneva" in the subject line and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Camp Counsellors

From the community:

  • Representative from CERN
  • Representative from Docuteam GmbH
  • Representative from United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

From Artefactual Systems:

  • Ashley Blewer, AV Preservation Specialist / Systems Archivist
  • Kelly Stewart, Director of Archival & Digital Preservation Services
  • Justin Simpson, Managing Director

Local support for this camp is provided by CERN, Docuteam, and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Thank you!


Tuesday, October 22: Day One - Archivematica 101

Time Auditorium

9:00am - 9:30pm Welcome, announcements, and about Archivematica

9:30am - 10:30pm Module 1: Archivematica in the digital preservation landscape

Topics covered include: where does Archivematica fit into the digital preservation landscape, what does Archivematica promise to do, what doesn't Archivematica do.

10:30am - 10:45am Break

10:45am - 12:00pm Module 2: How does Archivematica actually work?

Topics covered include: Archivematica's conceptual model, packages (transfers, bags, SIPs, AIPs, DIPs), microservices as implementations of preservation actions, workflows, storage spaces, how the Storage Service works, and how to get at your content.

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:45pm Module 3: Archivematica's core functionality

Topics covered include: understanding Archivematica's dashboard, including the Transfer tab, Ingest tab, Administration tab, and Preservation planning tab, plus a first look at an AIP produced by Archivematica. This afternoon session includes hands-on exercises.

2:45pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 5:00pm Module 3: Archivematica's core functionality, continued

Topics covered include: understanding Archivematica's dashboard, including the Transfer tab, Ingest tab, Administration tab, and Preservation planning tab, plus a first look at an AIP produced by Archivematica. This afternoon session includes hands-on exercises.

6:00pm - 8:00pm Social group dinners Sign up here! Campers can sign up to attend dinner at whichever restaurant piques their interest! This is a great way to meet new people and get out on the town.

Note: participants are welcome to join the morning session, afternoon session, or both sessions as they wish. Participants may also wish to join the Camp on Day Two.

Wednesday, October 23: Day Two

Time Auditorium Data Centre
9:00am - 9:30am Community profile -- Dedagroup
9:30am - 10:45am Module 4: Stream 1 - Understanding AIPs

Topics covered include how the AIP is structured and a close look at the METS file, as well as some community work to visualize METS files in a more human-friendly way.

Module 4: Stream 2 - Supporting Archivematica users and their workflows

Topics covered include technical architecture, deployment, and working open-source.

10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 12:00pm Community profile -- UNHCR

"Keep your eyes on the information", Patricia Sleeman

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:45pm Module 5: Stream 1 - Building on core: Archivematica's specialized workflows

Topics covered include transfers of zipped files, disk images, metadata.csv, manual normalization, and a look at automation tools. This module includes hands-on exercises.

Module 5: Stream 2 - Understanding Archivematica's logs and performance evaluation

Topics include monitoring, logs, the API, and automation tools.

2:45pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm-4:00pm Community profile -- CERN

"Benchmarking Archivematica for CERN scale", Jorik van Kemenade and Jean-Yves Le Meur

4:00pm - 4:45pm Community profile -- DocuTeam
5:00pm - 6:00pm (Optional) Tours of the CERN data center, lead by Jean-Yves Le Meur
6:00pm - 8:00pm Reception! At the end of camp on Day 2, campers will be directed towards where the reception will be held, within CERN (nearby the camping rooms). Between the end of camp at 5pm and the reception at 6pm, tours will be offered of the nearby CERN data center.

Thursday, October 24: Day Three

Time IT Auditorium Data Centre
9:00am - 10:00am CERN tour

Groups will be led through a tour of the Antimatter Factory at CERN. You won't want to miss it!

10:15pm - 12:00pm Module 6: Stream 1 - Archivematica's non-core functionality

Topics covered include a look at the Backlog and Appraisal tab, AIP reingest, AIP encryption, transcription. This module includes hands-on exercises.

Module 6: Stream 2 - Working with Archivematica data

Topics covered include accessing Archivematica’s data, other GitHub highlights, features showcase.

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm Module 7: Archivematica in the community

Topics covered include how the code is written, collaborative digital preservation, and a look at the Archivematica roadmap.

2:00pm - 3:00pm Module 8: Implementation roundtable

Discussion of various ways Archivematica can be implemented with a checklist of what you need to actually run Archivematica. Campers are invited to share their particular Archivematica implementations, real or imagined. Questions and participation mandatory!

3:00pm - 3:15pm Wrap up

Safe travels!

Local arrangements


Participants interested in staying at the CERN Hotel should contact by email or call +41 22 767 4481 and they should mention they are attending Archivematica Camp 2019. The block of rooms held are Single occupancy with private bathroom, at a cost of CHF 58.00 per night. The block name is "W-Archivematica Camp 10.19". For budget code or team account requests, these fields should remain blank.

CERN hostel rooms are now full.

For attendees wanting to stay in downtown Geneva, see the following hotel recommendations, see CERN's recommendations page.

Things to do in/near CERN/Geneva

Geneva is by no means a cheap destination, but like all destinations, there are many free and inexpensive things to do. With these tips, your wallet will be able to reemerge relatively unscathed.

Affordable Sit-Down Meals

Generally, the university area of Plainpalais is a good bet for food on the less painful end of extortionate. Patricia’s top 4 eats – the rest are well known but could not vouch for them as much.

  • 1. La Buvette des Bains; Quai du Mont-Blanc 30; Probably the best deal in town. Office workers in the know flock to this eatery on the jetty by the lake for its daily lunch specials.
  • 2. Parfums de Beyrouth, Rue de Berne 18; Considered a hole-in-the-wall kind of place, but any of its assiette plates are more than enough to feed two people and are pretty tasty.
  • 3. Sajeat, Rue des Alpes. Probbaly the best food in Geneva at 8Chfs it is simply a bargain. But standing up only.
  • 4. Auberge de Saviese, Rue des Paquis 20, Geneva 1201, Switzerland
  • 5. Chez ma Cousine Lissignol; Rue Lissignol 5; This place does one thing and it does it right: chicken and fries. The outdoor terrace is a great place to watch the people go by in this Old Town establishment.
  • 6. Boky-FuShun, Rue des Alpes 21; Some praise its extensive Chinese menu, some say it's gross, but one thing's indisputable: It's hard to find a cheaper dinner in the city centre than here.
  • 7. Carosello; Boulevard Georges-Favon 25; Enjoy good pizzas and the daily special (pizza with salad).
  • 8. Manora, Rue de Cornavin 6; A self-service cafeteria on the top floor of department store Manor, it serves a wide choice of food and provides a panoramic view of the city.

Free Transport

You can actually get around free in Geneva.

Free Public Transit

Every person staying in a hotel, hostel, or camping place in Geneva is entitled to a handy little ​Geneva Transport Card, which gives them unlimited travel around the city and near suburbs for the entire duration of their stay. Ask for it at your hotel or hostel, and make sure you carry a passport with the card.

Free Airport Transfers

Before you leave the baggage claim area, look out for a machine that says "free ticket," right by the exit. This is no scam. Just press the button, and you'll get a ticket valid for the next 80 minutes on trains, buses and trams, completely free—enough to get you to your hotel.

Free Bikes

Renting a bike can cost you money, but there is a free alternative. ​Geneve Roule provides free bikes during the summer months for four hours at a time.

Free Wi-Fi

Throughout Geneva, there's free Wi-Fi, which is great news for those who are addicted to their phones. Look out for a network called "((o)) ville-geneve." The coverage is spotty, but it's totally free. There are plenty of hotspots scattered throughout the city. The public library, with strong, free wireless signals, is located inside the Parc des Bastions. The reading room (​​salle de lecture) has workspace and electric plugs for your notebook. There's also free Wi-Fi at the Geneva Airport, but you need a mobile phone. Get online first, and then follow the instructions to enter your phone number. A free access code will be sent to you as an SMS. Getting online is completely free, but some mobile carriers will charge you for receiving text messages abroad. Many hotels, restaurants, and cafes around Geneva also advertise free Wi-Fi, but some require an existing account with an internet provider. So make sure the establishment has its own free Wi-Fi network before you plonk down and order that coffee. Free Museums Geneva has a number of wonderful museums that open their doors for free.

Free Museums

• Musée d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Genève (Museum of History of Science) De la Rive and de Saussure, you've seen their names on the streets. Now find out their significance as scientists at this museum of astronomy, geology, meteorology, and other disciplines. • Muséum d'histoire naturelle (Natural History Museum) Check out the variety of dioramas and other specimens. • Espace Lullin Take a look at rare 18th-century manuscripts that are housed inside the public library. • Institut et Musée Voltaire Enlightenment writer Voltaire spent some of his exile years in Geneva. His estate is now a museum dedicated to his work.

Not free but a must see.

Palais des Nations International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum For various reasons – its famed neutrality, its location in the centre of Europe – Geneva is the seat of many international organisations, some of which are open to visitors. Head up to Nations to visit two of the best. The outstanding International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum  is unmissable for its moving and sometimes shocking permanent exhibition, which charts the vital humanitarian work carried out by the organisation for the past 150 years. Combine this with a guided tour of the Palais des Nations  the European seat of the United Nations, for an insight into how the biggest issues facing the world today are tackled. 

Museums With Free Permanent Collections

These museums open their doors for free every day, excluding temporary exhibitions. • Maison Tavel Artifacts and domestic objects illustrate everyday life in Geneva from the 16th to 19th century. • Ariana Museum Dedicated to the art of ceramic, the extensive museum presents more than 25,000 pieces on display. • Musée d'Art et d'Histoire (Museum of Art and History) This multidisciplinary museum draws from archeology to fine arts. Their temporary exhibitions are also free, but only on the first Sunday of each month. Free Outdoors Activities Go outside and explore Geneva's stunning nature—gratis, of course.

Lake Geneva

You're never too far from picturesque Lake Geneva's water. There are 29 access points, the most popular being Bains des Paquis, where people-watching rivals swimming as the sport of choice. For the less aquatically minded, there are also public shuttle boats, which are free with your Geneva transport card.

Geneva Greenery

Geneva is a green city, with about 20 percent of its total surface devoted to parks. In summer, the city even puts out free lawn chairs. Some excellent parks include: • Botanical gardens: • Parc des Bastions: Play chess on a life-size board or listen to students strumming their guitars; in Plainpalais/University. • Parc des Cropettes: Stretching from right behind the train station, the park features pond; in Quartier Les Grottes. • Parc Beaulieu: Right across the street from Parc des Cropettes, this spot is especially great for kids; in Quartier Les Grottes. • Jardin Anglais: It's a popular hangout with the famous flower clock; right on the lake. • Parc des Eaux-Vives: This has a hilly park with gorgeous patches, along with its own beach and boat dock; in Eaux Vives.

Cheap Shopping

If you want to splurge, Geneva has no shortage of options. But if you want to save on your souvenirs, things get a little trickier. Here are a few budget shopping options. • Marché de Plainpalais: One man's trash can be your treasure. You can find lots of old Swiss stuff here. Plaine de Plainpalais. • Manore: Skip the fancy chocolate shops they build for tourists in the old city. This mega department store has a solid chocolate selection at surprisingly good prices. Rue de Cornavin 6. • Boulevard Helvétique: Check out the outdoor farmers market for your Swiss produce pleasures. • Place de la Madeleine: Purchase clothing and books here.

Places to eat

Coming soon!

Code of Conduct

The Archivematica community is dedicated to providing a welcoming and positive experience for everyone, whether they are in a formal session or a social setting related to an Archivematica event, or are taking part in activities online. Archivematica community participants come from all over the world and bring with them a wide variety of professional, personal and social backgrounds; whatever these may be, we treat colleagues with dignity and respect. We are sensitive to the fact that the international nature of the Archivematica community means that we span many different social norms around language and behaviour and we strive to conduct ourselves in ways that are unlikely to cause offense. In the event that someone’s conduct is causing offense or distress, the Archivematica Camp has a detailed Anti-Harassment Policy, details below, which can be applied to address the problem.

The first step in dealing with any serious misconduct is to contact a member of the organizing group, or a counsellor at an Archivematica Camp (please see counsellors, above). These people will be made known before and during any Archivematica Camp event.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The Archivematica community is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference/camp experience for everyone. If you have been harassed, please consult this protocol for conflict resolution which makes clear how we can help.

The Archivematica community has established the following policy to make it clear that we do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery are not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, or any other communication channel used during the conference (such as social media).

Harassment includes:

  • offensive verbal comments related to sex, gender, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, religion;
  • sexual or discriminatory images in public spaces;
  • deliberate intimidation;
  • stalking;
  • harassing photography or recording;
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • inappropriate physical contact; and
  • unwelcome sexual attention.

The lingua franca of Archivematica Camp is English; however, English may not be the native language of Archivematica Camp participants. Further, cultural norms around what may be considered obscene and offensive communication will vary among Archivematica Camp attendees. Campers are asked to please be mindful of the international character of Archivematica Camp, and to use respectful and clear language free of slang to facilitate communication.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers and Archivematica representatives (or their designees) may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from Archivematica Camp, or contacting a higher authority such as a representative from the offender’s institution.

If a participant raises a concern relating to actions covered by this policy in good faith, there will be no retaliation for bringing forward their concern. Threatening or taking action against someone for invoking this policy or for participating in any related investigation will be considered a violation of this policy.

Participants are expected to follow the anti-harassment policy at all Camp-related venues, Camp-related social events, and online communication channels.

We expect attendees and speakers past and present to be respectful to each other, and we will deal with any incidents that arise, including on social media.

We value your participation in the Archivematica community and your support in keeping the Archivematica community a safe, welcoming, and friendly space for fellow participants.


This policy is based on the PASIG Code of Conduct, portions of which were modified from the Open Repositories’ code of conduct, which was itself modified from Seattle Attic’s code of conduct and the Ada Initiative’s event harassment policy.


This document is licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA.