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“U.S. Congress/NARA: “National Archives May Digitize Searches”

Via INFOdocket

Roll Call reports:

The National Archives could be just months away from starting a long-planned project to create for the first time a searchable digital log of the archives of Congress.

The project, which had been discussed for about six years, would essentially catalog Congressional records dating back to 1789 and create a database where researchers could search for specific topics.

Though it wouldn’t digitize the records themselves, the database would point researchers to places within the expansive records where that topic is discussed.

“The idea is to take those various sources … and to make it a state-of-the-art finding aid,” Senate Archivist Karen Paul said.

+ Final Plan Approved Yesterday
+ Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, expressed concerned over the cost
+ Cost Estimate Should Be Provided in Six Months
+ Size? 500 Million Pages (200,000 Cubic Feet of Records)
+ Expected To Take Five Years to Complete

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