Today's post comes from Suzanne Isaacs of the Digital Public Access Branch in the Office of Innovation. Recently I met Alex Smith through an email he sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through our correspondence I learned that he began transcribing our records as a retirement project. I was really interested in transcription through the eyes of a Citizen … Continue reading Virtual Volunteering, Retirement Project 2.0
NARA is excited to participate in Government-wide Sunshine Week activities by launching our first Transcription Challenge in the National Archives Catalog! Here at the Archives, we like to say that there is a story in every box. Help us unlock those stories by transcribing the digitized records in the catalog. Our goal this week is … Continue reading Transcribe #1000pages for Sunshine Week
It’s that time again! We are developing the agency’s third Open Government Plan and we need your suggestions for 2014-2016. Take a look at our overview of proposed actions for this plan and our previous plan and tell us what you would like to see included. How do you think we should further transparency, participation, and … Continue reading Have Your Say: Open Government at the Archives!
This post comes from Doug Ward in Information Services and Meredith Stewart in the Office of Innovation. The Open Data Policy states what we already know really well here at NARA -- information is a valuable national resource and a strategic asset to the Federal Government, its partners, and the public. We see this in … Continue reading Have Your Say: Open more data!
Guest blogger Elizabeth Lieutenant, a Master’s student in Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America, is a virtual intern in the Office of Innovation. Here at the National Archives, we’ve been busy watching the Olympics and rooting for Team U.S.A. All the excitement of watching snowboarders fly through the air and figure … Continue reading Ski jumping into our Olympic Archives
Guest blogger Elizabeth Lieutenant, a Master’s student in Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America, is a virtual intern in the Office of Innovation. This week we celebrated President’s Day, a U.S. federal holiday that officially honors George Washington’s birthday. While the holiday may be for George, we at the National Archives … Continue reading President's Day at the National Archives
After 10 years of providing online access to the National Archives’ holdings the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is permanently retiring on August 15th. You can still search descriptions and digital content using our Online Public Access search http://www.archives.gov/research/search/ Online Public Access contains all of the descriptions and digitized content that was in ARC. Online Public … Continue reading Archival Research Catalog is Retiring on August 15th
The National Archives’ Online Public Access (OPA) system will be down for maintenance from May 10 to May 25, 2013. We are in the process of rolling out a new version of OPA that will bring the catalog up to date. After the updated system is rolled out, the catalog will be updated on a … Continue reading Online Public Access catalog down for maintenance May 10-25, 2013
As a little girl, I was fascinated by the tragic side of history - assassinations, kidnappings, earthquakes, floods, and other disasters. I was a very cheerful child. One of the tragedies that still holds my interest today is that of the Titanic. 100 years later, people are still fascinated by stories about the Titanic and … Continue reading Titanic Tag It Tuesday!
This week is “Sunshine Week,” a week-long celebration of government openness! Here’s a roundup of activities you might want to do as you celebrate Sunshine Week: Participate in the Open Government Idea Forum on IdeaScale. Help shape the National Archives’ Open Government Plan. Your ideas and input matter! Participate in the Managing Government Records discussion … Continue reading How are you celebrating Sunshine Week?