Monday, March 31, 2008

National Archives partners with to make more documents available digitally

"The National Archives and are working as partners to bring unprecedented access to selections of the vast holdings of the National Archives. Learn More.

This non-exclusive agreement, beginning with the sizeable collection of materials currently on microfilm, will enable researchers and the general public to access millions of newly-digitized images of the National Archives historic records on a subscription basis from the Footnote web site. By February 6, the digitized materials will also be available at no charge in National Archives research rooms in Washington D.C. and regional facilities across the country. After an interval of five years, all images digitized through this agreement will be available at no charge through the National Archives web site."

The two organizations also worked together to develop the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial. You can search or browse for names on the wall. Linked to each image, is information about the person's service. The site is web 2.0 capable in that it allows members (there is a free level of membership) to attach comments or tributes to a particular person's record.

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