Culture information systems centre

Culture Information Systems Centre is a direct governing body under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia; it was established in 1997 as non-profit organization state joint-stock company "Bibliotēku informācijas tīklu konsorcijs" (Library Information Network Consortium). In the course of nearly twenty years of operation it has changed its status and expanded to become one of the leading institutions promoting digitalization of culture industry in Latvia. The mission of the Culture Information Systems Centre is to cooperate with archives, libraries and museums in preserving the cultural heritage and making it available to the future generations by virtue of the latest information and communication technologies. Within the framework of ambitious national and international projects the Culture Information Systems Centre provides archives, libraries and museums with the necessary IT resources as well as offers various technological solutions for digitalization of cultural values accumulated in culture and memorial institutions to preserve them and make the heritage available to the public.

Society "Ideju Forums"

Society „Ideju Forums" is a non-governmental organization established in order to create the support programmes for the Latvian residents with visual impairment thus providing easy access to audio materials and generally promoting the development of digital cultural environment in the field of literature and fostering the availability of literary content in Latvia and abroad.
Another objective of the society is to rouse interest of children, teenagers and students in literature and culture by providing a dynamic and friendly virtual environment for children to read audio tales and spend their leisure time in educational activities; to promote the availability and easy use of educational materials by means of various information technologies.

The society so far has established a number of children literature and educational portals, digital e-library portal, provided a number of organizations for people with special needs with educational materials, created several mobile applications.
Society's projects have received 8 Latvian and international awards, including NGOs Innovation Award 2007, Latvian ICT Award "Platinum Mouse 2008", Certificate of Recognition in the Festival "Golden Hammer 2008", Juror's Choice Award at the European media festival "Prix Europa 2009" in the category New Media, RuNet prize of the Russian Federation.

The National Archives of Latvia

The National Archives of Latvia supervised by the Minister for Culture is an institution pursuing the national policy in the field of document and archive management. The National Archives of Latvia was established in 2011 and is the successor of liabilities and property of former national archive system institutions. The National Archives of Latvia is governed by the Archives Law adopted on March 3, 2010.
The National Archives of Latvia links up four state archives (Latvian State Historical Archives, the State Archives of Latvia, Latvia State Archive of Audiovisual Documents and State Archive of Personnel Files) and 11 state regional archives in Alūksne, Cēsis, Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jēkabpils, Liepāja, Rēzekne, Sigulda, Valmiera and Ventspils.
The National Archives of Latvia is also represented in the supreme professional organization – the International Council on Archives – uniting more than 1,600 members from 190 countries. The mission of the International Council on Archives is to promote the management and use of document and archives, maintaining of humanity's documentary heritage by sharing the experience, research materials and ideas about the professional archive business and record management issues, organization and management of archival institutions.

More than 20 million documents from the 13th century until nowadays are stored in the archival storages of the Latvian National Archives.

The National Archives of Estonia

The National Archives of Estonia is the central administrative entity of Estonian archives under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia. The system of national archives includes Historical Archives, State Archives, Film Archives and 4 regional departments in Haapsalu, Kuressaare, Rakvere and Valga. The Research and Publishing Bureau is responsible for the research while the economic and financial issues are managed by the Administrative Bureau. Current Archive Law is in force as of January 1, 2012.
The main objective of the National Archives of Estonia is to ensure the preservation and use of documentary cultural heritage both for the purposes of today's society and the future generations.
At the same time the basic rights of residents and transparency of processes of democratic state are ensured when preserving the original documents. 8.8 million documents are stored in the National Archives of Estonia. Every person has a right to access public information. The only exceptions are the protection of important public interests and private data.
The virtual library of the National Archives of Estonia –
It ensures e-queries, assistance in virtual search and browsing of information as well as more than 12 million document images online.

St.Petersburg Information and Analytical Center

The St. Petersburg State Unitary Enterprise "St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Center" has been operating for more than 30 years in the field of informatization and information maintenance for St. Petersburg municipality as well as offering services related to development and use of modern information and telecommunication systems and equipment. St. Petersburg Information and Analytical center, subordinate to the Committee on IT and Communications, develops and implements informatization and informational-analytical projects and systems used by the executive authorities in the process of administrative decision making. All systems are developed and implemented in line with the latest IT trends and requirements as well as in compliance with the international and Russian Federation standards ensuring the necessary level of data protection.


Archive Committee of St. Petersburg

The executive authority pursues the policy of city authorities regarding the procedure of maintenance, acquisition, tracking and usage procedures of the documents of city archives. Besides, one of the most important tasks of the committee is connected with providing information to the general public, state and municipal institutions as well as various public organizations basing on the archives of St. Petersburg and other archive records. The Archival Committee of St. Petersburg supervises the network of archival institution at the level of Russian Federation and it links up seven central state archives storing the documents of the archives of St. Petersburg which are arranged chronologically, topically and according to information medium as well as Document Storage Maintenance Laboratory.
The subordinate archives of the Archival Committee of St. Petersburg are: