The Online Public Access prototype (OPA) just got an exciting new feature — tagging! As you search the catalog, we now invite you to tag any archival description, as well as person and organization name records, with the keywords or labels that are meaningful to you. Our hope is that crowdsourcing tags will enhance the content of our online catalog and help you find the information you seek more quickly.
Ready to give it a try?
To begin adding tags, visit OPA’s registration page and register by entering your preferred username, email address, and password. Log in, run a search, and look for the “Add Tag” box on the left side of the screen. Start tagging!
Newly created tags will be reviewed to ensure they meet the National Archives’ tagging policy guidelines, and will be visible the day they are approved and indexed overnight. In addition to the new user registration and tagging features in OPA, we’ve also made some fixes to the system, such as adding the Record Group and/or Collection information to the full displays for archival descriptions, as well as the Level of Description.
So, what’s next? Would you be interested in a tagging event? We’d love to organize “tagging missions” to encourage groups of users to contribute tags within a specific Record Group or subject area! What kinds of missions would you be interested in participating at the National Archives?
We invite you to register for an account in OPA and start tagging! We will be rolling out two more releases in the next few months, with additional functionality and features. Please send us your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy tagging!