Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Title:||A virtual reading room: researcher access to digital documents|
National Archives of Australia
|Publisher:||Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS), the University of Sydney.|
|Citation:||Computing Arts 2001 : digital resources for research in the humanities : 26th-28th September 2001, Veterinary Science Conference Centre, the University of Sydney / hosted by the Scholarly Text and Imaging Service (SETIS), the University of Sydney Library, and the Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS), the University of Sydney|
|Abstract:||The National Archives collection comprises some 300 kilometres of records. The issue that challenges the Archives is how to promote wider accessibility and use of this vast and wonderful archival resource. The challenge is complicated by many factors including: the sheer size of the collection the value and unique nature and in some cases the fragility of the records a widely distributed population which precludes direct access to the collection Over the past year the National Archives has undertaken a project to examine ways of using digital technology to make the most appropriate parts of the collection available to distance researchers. We therefore sought to replicate the reading room experience through the Archives' website by seeking methods to digitise and publish to the web, images of paper material. The methods used and the supporting programs developed for the Archives' digitising program are unique and predicated on a need to make large volumes of records accessible quickly and cheaply. This is not a preservation method and therefore the images can be captured at a relatively low screen resolution that can be read easily and result in legible printouts. Since January 2001 digitised records have been progressively attached to the Archives' database RecordSearch. The Reference Service traditionally provided by the Archives to researchers is developing into an on-line service as researchers increasingly submit their requests electronically. In this environment the response is provided as a digital image, attached to a RecordSearch entry on the National Archives' website (www.naa.gov.au). The Archives is moving inevitably towards the virtual reading room.|
|Rights and Permissions:||Copyright the University of Sydney|
|Type of Work:||Conference paper|
|Appears in Collections:||Computing Arts 2001: Digital Resources for Research in the Humanities|
This work is protected by Copyright. All rights reserved. Access to this work is provided for the purposes of personal research and study. Except where permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, this work must not be copied or communicated to others without the express permission of the copyright owner. Use the persistent URI in this record to enable others to access this work.
|kenna.pdf||323.44 kB||Adobe PDF||View/Open|
Items in Sydney eScholarship Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.