National Archives Digitization Priorities; Maximizing Values Through Web and Social Media

With thanks to Jan Miesels Allen.

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In September  the (US) National Archives asked for public suggestions and feedback as to digitization priorities. They have now listed those prioritizes. The overwhelming response was to digitize records of genealogical interest. This included immigration and ethnic heritage records, military and veterans records and those records with preservation concerns. The National Archives has already started to digitize and they will be available in the National Archives Catalog in a few months.

To read more about the results and a partial list of the top priorities see:

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The mission of the National Archives is to make the holdings of the U.S. Government available to the public. As part of American Archives Month they announced in FY 2015 over 24 million people reviewed more than 80 million pages on—a substantial increase over FY 2014—more than one-third of the website sessions were from a mobile or tablet device.  National Archives contributes to 130 social media accounts—almost 250 million people viewed content on social media platforms.

To read more see:  

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




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