As the National Archives sets out on its ambitious goal to digitize all of its holdings, planning just how we’re going to accomplish this is critical to our success. One of the first steps in that plan is prioritizing what will be digitized. National Archives staff spent the early part of this summer doing just that – compiling lists and determining priorities for records that should be digitized and made available online. The separate lists will be the basis of an Agency-wide digitization priority list. But no prioritization would be complete without the feedback and suggestions of the people who discover and use our records every day. What would you like to see the National Archives digitize over the next few years? Is there a particular theme, topic, or event on which you would like to see our digitization efforts focused? Perhaps there is a specific series, record group, or collection that you would like to be made completely accessible online. Ever come across interesting records during your research that you think would be a good candidate for digitization? Now is your chance to tell us! From now until August 14th, engage in the discussion about digitization priorities in our online town hall on Crowd Hall. Post ideas, provide feedback, and make suggestions about what we should digitize. Then vote on your favorites. Since our holdings cover a lot of topics, we’ve broken them down into broad categories. While not a comprehensive list, hopefully, the topics below will spark some lively discussions:
- Science/Tech/Health: Agriculture, Environment, Public Health, Science and Technology, Space and Aviation
- Military & Veterans: Military/Wars, Veterans
- Culture & Heritage: Civil/Political Rights, Genealogy, Ethnic Heritage, Immigration/Emigration
- Government & Law: Diplomacy/Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, Court Records, Law Enforcement, Maritime Administration, Geography and Land Use
In addition to Crowd Hall, you’re welcome to make suggestions in the comments section on this blog post or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may not be able to respond to all submissions but we will be reading all of them! What are you waiting for? Join the discussion about digitization priorities!