JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen NARA (US) Proposal on Digitizing Its Records #general

jan meisels allen <janmallen@...>

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is seeking public
comment on its draft Plan for Digitizing Archival Materials for Public Access,
2007-2016. Comments are due by November 9, 2007 and should be sent to:
Vision@... or by fax to 301-837-0319

The purpose for this plan affects all the regional offices, the two Washington
D.C. archives and the various presidential libraries--equating to 10 billion
pieces of paper.. The stated purpose includes increased access to the records
and to preserve >from wear and tear the original records.

Part of the proposal is for NARA to partner with different organizations
(private, public, non-profit, educational and government)- and these partners
will assume much of the costs of the digitization. While the partners may not
assume the copyright for the records, they may add value added services. Access
to the partner products will remain free in the NARA Research rooms and after a
period of time NARA has the right to provide free online access to the digitized

The plan proposed by 2012 that 1% of the documents will be online either
digitized by the partners or NARA. The proposal lists the NARA draft operating
standards, list of existing partners and other items relevant to the proposal,
and guidance on handling the documents. The proposal may be accessed at:

Jan Meisels Allen
director, IAJGS and chairperson
IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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