About Het Archief

Het Archief

VIAA, together with its partners, makes copyright-free archive material available online for everyone via hetarchief.be. News of The Great War is the first major collection that has been made accessible on The Archive. So do keep an eye on this website because in the future you will discover much more interesting archive material here.


VIAA aims to preserve the digital heritage of Flanders in a durable manner, and make it available for everyone. The focus of VIAA lies with the audio-visual material at the cultural heritage organisations and broadcasters in Flanders.

The Flemish Institute for Archiving, or VIAA, was founded at the end of 2012 by the Flemish Government. VIAA brings together a large number of partners from the cultural and media sectors, and by combining these partners' materials cost-efficiently and in a high-quality manner, can digitalise the critically threatened audio-visual material. VIAA subsequently ensures the durable digital preservation of all digital audio and video, and makes it available for education and the general public via www.hetarchief.be

News of the Great War

News of The Great War is the first major collection that is being made available at The Archive. 
Via this website, you can gain access to more than 270 000 pages of Belgian press material from the First World War. To know which papers can be consulted on Het Archief, go to our index.
Coordinated by VIAA, and in consultation with the Flemish Heritage Library, FARO and Packed, thirteen Flemish cultural heritage institutions worked actively for two years on the inventory, digitalisation and bringing online of hundreds of thousands of newspaper pages from 1914-1918. News from The Great War makes the information in these fragile newspapers safe for future generations, and sets the digital heritage of the First World War on the map internationally.  

Now also available as linked data

To mark the end of the four-year commemorations in 2018, the collection was enriched with linked data. Now the data from The Archive can be linked to other databanks, without the need for human intervention. To demonstrate how this works, we linked the victims from In Flanders Fields Museum's Names List to our newspapers. You can read more about this here

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