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Mass digitization of historical records for access and preservation

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Dan Jones

Abstract

For every document that we deliver to readers of The National Archives at Kew, over 150 are delivered via the web. Currently there are over 60 million individual documents digitized, categorized and in many cases transcribed and available to download digitally. Capturing the business of Government has also changed – we have started archiving the e-mails, the Word documents and the websites of Government instead of the memoranda and bits of paper of the past – seamlessly ingesting these into our digital archive, and making that available through our website. The task of digitizing the collections that reside on over 175km of shelving is not an easy one, however, nor is it something to which there is necessarily a right – or a wrong – approach.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1629/2198
How to Cite: Jones, D., 2008. Mass digitization of historical records for access and preservation. Serials, 21(2), pp.98–101. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/2198
Published on 07 Jul 2008.
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