Work groups

Our work groups are international cooperation initiatives developed within the ICARUS network. Each of them focuses on a different aspect of future-oriented archival work and has its own agenda. We join efforts to inspire and support new work groups that have their freedom to solely focus on a specific content-centered agenda guaranteed.


MOM-CA refers to the technical development of the Monasterium – Collaborative Archive. Continue to their Github page for further information!

Coordinator: Georg Vogeler, University of Graz (AT)

  • Manfred Thaller, University of Cologne (DE)
  • Jochen Graf, University of Cologne (DE)
  • Karl Heinz, ICARUS
  • Daniel Jeller, ICARUS


The Didactics work group focuses specifically on theory and methodology behind teaching with digital technologies. European scholars, tutors and archivists have build a solid digital learning environment that is open to teachers, researchers or scholars, who work at a university or another cultural institution. See their website for more information.

Coordinator: Antonella Ambrosio, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (IT)

Cadastral Maps

The idea behind this work group was to build a framework, which can foster effective future cooperation in the field of cadastral maps. Furthermore, another aim is the digitization and GIS-based internet-publication of the cadastral maps — and, when possible, also of the connected cadastral records — from the former Habsburg Monarchy (since 1867 Austro-Hungarian Monarchy) based on common standards and methods. The new and innovative methods of presenting geo-referenced cadastral maps online can be easily enlarged to cover other types of documents or even other European areas or periods.

Coordinator: András Sipos, Budapest City Archives (HU)

  • Budapest City Archives (HU)
  • Hungarian State Archives (HU)
  • The National Archives in Krakow (PL)
  • Croatian State Archives (HR)
  • Montenegrinian State Archives (ME)
  • Opava State Archives (CZ)

Population Registers

In late 2011, several members of ICARUS came together to establish the Work Group “Population Registers”. Parish or sacramental registers are the most popular sources for family history. In a large number of countries these registers have been taken to state or church archives. Many archivists devote much of their time to making them accessible. ICARUS provides the portal Matricula, which allows access to registers in Austria and Germany. It is the aim of the working group to increase the professional quality of the description, accessibility and online presentation of registers. The working group also aims at broadening the scope of the registers made accessible online. Therefore every archive, which has in its custody any kind of population registers, e.g. school and university registers, citizens’ registers, military lists, registers of exiled people and refugees, members’ lists of associations of all kinds, etc., is invited to join this group.

Coordinator: Herbert Wurster, Archives of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Passau, Bavaria (DE)