Thanks to your great feedback on our recent Family Tree Fridays and NARA Staff Favorite posts, we’re considering introducing another specialized series here on NARAtions. This new set of posts, called Tech Tuesdays, would allow us to start a discussion about the cutting-edge technologies that are being developed across the archives field (a topic we’re becoming increasingly interested in as we continue to refine the new online public access catalog and delve deeper into social media!) And of course, we’re always curious about what types of tools users can see proving helpful in their own research.
There are a lot of creative new approaches to making archival information accessible, and we want to know what you think of these “tech-y” ideas! These recurring posts will be our place to highlight the innovative new concepts we come across, and we welcome your comments and thoughts along the way.
To get started, we want to highlight a really interesting find- a project funded by the National Archives of Australia, called The Visible Archives. This visual representation of the agency’s holdings is being developed by Mitchell Whitelaw of the University of Canberra.
What makes this project stand out is the interactive relationship each series has not only with other series, but in respect to physical space, other records by the same creator, series size, and series with similar topics. Because of the great number of digitized records, this rich database can be used not only to increase access to records, but also to show an actual relationship between other records in the holdings.
What do you think of the design and usability of the model? Would this be useful for your research? On a broader note, what do you think of Tech Tuesdays? Can you see yourself tuning in?