The Wartime Films Project: Choosing our User-Centered Design Pilot – A WWI App

This post comes from the team working on the Wartime Films engagement project, and is part of a series outlining how NARA is using design thinking to reach new and existing audiences. This project was made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation and a generous gift from an anonymous donor. Read the whole … Continue reading The Wartime Films Project: Choosing our User-Centered Design Pilot – A WWI App

The Wartime Films Project: Setting Goals and Intended Outcomes for User-Centered Design Pilots

This post comes from the team working on the Wartime Films engagement project, and is part of a series outlining how NARA is using design thinking to reach new and existing audiences. This project was made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation and a generous gift from an anonymous donor. Read the whole … Continue reading The Wartime Films Project: Setting Goals and Intended Outcomes for User-Centered Design Pilots

National Archives at Boston Collaborates to Digitize Over 900 Popular Photos

It’s a fact that the National Archives holds billions of records. It’s also true that, even with the awesome level of description that staff accomplish each year, it’s a challenge to make items available online as fast as we’d like. Large scale digitization partnerships help, as does every individual record scanned by Citizen Archivists in … Continue reading National Archives at Boston Collaborates to Digitize Over 900 Popular Photos

The Wartime Films Project: Narrowing the Focus of our User-Centered Design Pilot

This post comes from the team working on the Wartime Films engagement project, and is part of a series outlining how NARA is using design thinking to reach new and existing audiences. This project was made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation and a generous gift from an anonymous donor. Read the whole … Continue reading The Wartime Films Project: Narrowing the Focus of our User-Centered Design Pilot

The Wartime Films Project: Taking a User-Centered Design Approach at NARA

This post comes from the team working on the Wartime Films engagement project, and is part of a series outlining how NARA is using design thinking to reach new and existing audiences. This project was made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation and a generous gift from an anonymous donor. Read the whole … Continue reading The Wartime Films Project: Taking a User-Centered Design Approach at NARA

“BEWARE: It’s Addicting!” Citizen Scanning in the Innovation Hub

Today’s post comes from Dina Herbert, Innovation Hub Coordinator at the National Archives in Washington, DC. I recently met Cindy Norton at the Innovation Hub in Washington, DC when she arrived to scan Civil War pension files. Once she started, she never stopped! We now see Cindy a few times a month; she even celebrated … Continue reading “BEWARE: It’s Addicting!” Citizen Scanning in the Innovation Hub

Findmypast.com Partnership Agreement for Public Comment

Since 2007, NARA has engaged in digitization partnerships to expand the online collections we can make available to the public. We are excited to announce that the partnership agreement with Findmypast.com is ready for public comment. Findmypast.com is a privately held UK-based online genealogy service owned by British company DC Thomson Family History. You can … Continue reading Findmypast.com Partnership Agreement for Public Comment

Ancestry.com Partnership Agreement for public comment

Today's post comes from Onaona Guay, digitization partnerships coordinator at the National Archives. Digitization partnerships present an opportunity for increased access to historical government information through the increased availability of information technology products and services. NARA has shown that partnerships with private, public, non-profit, educational, and Government institutions to digitize and make available holdings can … Continue reading Ancestry.com Partnership Agreement for public comment

Do You Have Suggestions for NARA’s Digitization Priorities?

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 … Continue reading Do You Have Suggestions for NARA’s Digitization Priorities?

What Are You Working On, Jessica Sims?

Ever wonder what exciting new projects the many employees at NARA are working on? The “What are You Working On?” blog feature aims to introduce a variety of NARA employees and highlight some of the exciting projects we are working on around the agency. What is your name and title? Jessica Sims (I go by … Continue reading What Are You Working On, Jessica Sims?