This post was written by Pamela Wright, Chief Innovation Officer. With billions of pages of records, there’s no question that the holdings of the National Archives are vast. The breadth can be intimidating to researchers and online users, especially first-time users, who may not have familiarity with the organization and management of archival material. One … Continue reading NARA’s Record Group Explorer: A New Path into NARA’s Holdings
Today's post comes from Jon Fletcher, Archives Specialist (Data Standards) in the Digital Public Access Branch of the Office of Innovation. Digital Imaging Lab, 12/2/2005 NAID 66798226 A great deal of work goes into preparing digitized records for inclusion in the National Archives Catalog. Each subsequent step along the lifecycle of digitized records is a … Continue reading Digitized Records in the National Archives Catalog: How Do They Get There?
This post is from the September 5th issue of the National Archives Catalog Newsletter. With more than 92 million pages of digitized records available to search in the National Archives Catalog, we are always working on ways to improve search results to better help you find what you’re looking for. That’s why we’re excited to … Continue reading New Search Feature: Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
Today’s post comes from Suzanne Isaacs, Community Manager, National Archives Catalog Researcher Reviewing Records, 3/1968 National Archives Identifier 23855361 If you’ve ever searched in the Catalog, you’re probably familiar with the refinements available with your search results in the left margin, e.g. Refine by Level of Description, Refine by Type of Materials, or Refine by … Continue reading Refine Your Search by Record Group or Collection
Today’s post comes from Pamela Wright, Chief Innovation Officer. At the National Archives, we are continually seeking new ways to share the wealth of history in our physical and digital holdings. Initiatives like our Citizen Archivist Dashboard create new opportunities and avenues for the public to engage with our records. We also take the heart … Continue reading Become a Wiki Scholar! Work with records from the National Archives to expand coverage of women’s suffrage in the United States in Wikipedia
Today’s post comes from Pamela Wright, Chief Innovation Officer. In March 2019, the National Archives Museum will launch an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment: Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote. Visitors will learn more about the history of suffrage in the United States, basic civics, suffragists, why voting matters, the … Continue reading Become a Wiki Scholar!
Today's post comes from Pamela Wright, Chief Innovation Officer. What do you get when you have an audacious strategic goal to have one million records enhanced by citizen archivists in the National Archives Catalog and an idea to try something new on a social site? You create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot, of course! This American … Continue reading Tag it! Introducing the National Archives Facebook Chatbot
Today's post comes from Catherine Brandsen, National Archives Innovation Hub Coordinator Earlier this month, the Innovation Hub uploaded its 300,000th page for inclusion in the National Archives Catalog. Amazingly, this milestone took less than three years to achieve. Digitization opens up access to our records. Of the 13 billion paper records in the National Archives, … Continue reading Innovation Hub Celebrates 300,000th Page Uploaded to Catalog
Today's post comes from Jessica Soden, National Archives Technician & former Innovation Hub Coordinator Detailee During my time as the Innovation Hub Coordinator detailee, the National Archives added deck logs from United States Coast Guard cutter vessels (USCGC) involved in the Vietnam War (RG 26, Entry 330; NAID 559642) to the list of records that … Continue reading Help Contribute by Scanning U.S. Coast Guard Records from the Vietnam War in the Innovation Hub!
Today's post comes from Pamela Wright, National Archives Chief Innovation Officer. Earlier this week we posted an invitation to help transcribe records in our holdings and it has sparked some thoughtful conversations about the role of crowdsourcing at the National Archives. For this specific crowdsourcing campaign we featured several “missions” that we wanted citizen archivists … Continue reading Why do we engage Citizen Archivists?