Sunday, November 04, 2007

NARA DIGITIZATION PLAN

-- Draft NARA Digitizing Plan: Comments of Missouri Genealogists Needed Urgently!

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is inviting Missouri genealogists to suggest documents that should be digitized. Everyone who would like to see wider access to NARA's records should email their suggestions to Vision@nara.gov. The deadline for public comment is November 9. This is your chance to make your wishes known. Decisions made in the planning stage will impact our access to key records for years to come. You can read the draft plan here.

Here is the text of NARA's invitation to you.

Dear Genealogist:

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is seeking public comment on its draft Plan for Digitizing Archival Materials for Public Access, 2007-2016. This draft plan outlines our planned strategies to digitize and make more accessible the historic holdings from the National Archives of the United States. A copy of the draft is available here.

The document is divided into several sections. The first section, INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND, provides information on NARA's mission, our archival holdings, and our past experience with digitization, to give you the context of the draft Plan for Digitizing Archival Materials for Public Access, 2007-2016. Section II, PLAN OVERVIEW, describes our planned goals, activities, and priorities for digitization. Sections III through V provide listings of current digitization activities being carried out by NARA and through partnerships to digitize and make available archival materials. Appendix A contains draft operating principles that we are using as we enter into partnerships and Appendix B references relevant NARA guidance that applies to handling of archival materials being digitized and the technical guidelines for image creation and description. NARA in particularly wants your comments on Sections II, III, V, and Appendix A.

It is important that we receive as much public input on this plan as possible so that our plans adequately reflect the needs of the public.

Comments are due to NARA by: November 9, 2007. Send comments here or by fax to 301-837-0319

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Please forward this e-mail to any other genealogist that you may know.

Harold McClendon
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society
Publicity Chairman

"Originally published in UpFront with NGS, The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society.”

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