22 July 2015

NARA Keeps on Innovating -- Innovation Hub now open!

This week NARA is again in the news as it has opened an Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub is open.  Located on the first floor of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., the Hub has two sections: a meeting area, and a citizen scanning room where researchers can scan our records with state-of-the-art equipment at no cost as long as they also contribute a copy of their digital scans for our online catalog...

We have planned transcription parties as well as hosting Wikipedian meetings as well.

Read all that AOTUS (Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero) has to say about this innovative project.

The original concept as discussed in Open Government Plan, National Archives and Records Administration is ...

With a focus on agile development, the work will focus on exploring new ideas, developing proof-of-concept pilots and web applications as well as furthering the collaboration with the public through scan-a-thons, hackathons and challenges. The Innovation Hub will explore a variety of projects, including:
o      Citizen archivist crowdsourcing tools
o      An external collaboration network where researchers and NARA staff can engage on historical topics related to National Archives records
o      Tools for citizen digitization efforts
o      Collaboration efforts with the Wikipedia community

It will be interesting to see where this goes and how individuals (e.g. citizens) can support digitization and Wikipedia community activities.

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Dick Eastman for posting about this; I caught the cross-post on Facebook.

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