Today’s post comes from Markus Most, Director of the Digitization Division at the National Archives.
In September 2007, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) requested public input on a Draft Plan for Digitizing Archival Materials. Incorporating feedback from the public, NARA issued the Strategy for Digitizing Archival Materials for Public Access, 2007-2016 in May 2008. The strategy has served NARA well: the online catalog has over 2 million digital objects, the public has access to over 235 million images, and there were over 1.2 billion views of NARA content on Wikipedia in FY13.
Since the strategy was published six years ago, there have been rapid advances in many areas including social media, crowdsourcing, and our understanding of access. It is critical that our digitization strategy build on our successes, but also incorporate and take advantage of these changes. NARA is revising its digitization strategy and is asking for input from you to make sure our strategy is current.
Using the existing strategy as a starting place, what changes would you make? The current strategy is available here: http://www.archives.gov/digitization/strategy.html
Some of the areas we are considering include:
- Expanding partnerships beyond digitization of paper and microfilm;
- Encouraging public engagement in digitizing and describing our records;
- Creating additional streams of digitized content into our online catalog; and
- Non-traditional sources of funding.
Post your suggestions on this blog post, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send us your suggestions by June 30, 2014.