Archive for 'Miscellaneous'
On May 23, 2012, the White House released the Digital Government Strategy, which outlines how all federal agencies will work to make information and services easily accessible on the internet, anytime, anywhere, and on any device. President Barack Obama said, “Ultimately, this Strategy will ensure that agencies use emerging technologies to serve the public as [...]
Posted by Meredith Stewart on August 23, 2012, under Archives.gov Redesign, DC-area Researchers, Digital Government Strategy, Digitization, Education, Genealogy / Family History, Miscellaneous, Online Research, Open Government, Wikipedian in Residence.
On Friday, the National Archives released the updated Open Government Plan that will guide our efforts in transparency, participation, and collaboration for 2012-2014. Over the past two years, we’ve implemented most of the 70 tasks we set out to accomplish in our 2010 Open Government Plan, including major initiatives in records management, declassification, and FOIA, [...]
Posted by Jessie on June 11, 2012, under Archives.gov Redesign, Digitization, Miscellaneous, Open Government, Social Media (Web 2.0).
This question just came in from a fan of the National Archives: Is there a consensus as to which presidential inaugural address was the best? I recognize that in this case “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and it may be more accurate to think of the top five rather than single one [...]
Calling all Citizen Archivists! The 1940 census has been online for two weeks now. We have heard many great stories about people you have found in the census. We also know there are some of you who don’t know where people were living in 1940 and therefore cannot search the census without an name [...]
Posted by Rebecca on April 17, 2012, under 1940 Census, DC-area Researchers, Genealogy / Family History, Miscellaneous, Online Research, Research.
“Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” – Thomas Jefferson In my last post I raised the question of the role of museums in a digital world. There are some obvious answers. No one standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon would believe that a picture or [...]
Phillip Dick’s 1974 novel with this title is one of best treatments of the blurring line between man and machine. You may know it from the film based on the novel, Blade Runner. When machines are indistinguishable from humans, Dick asks, what does it mean to be a machine or a human. I have always [...]
This week is “Sunshine Week,” a week-long celebration of government openness! Here’s a roundup of activities you might want to do as you celebrate Sunshine Week: Participate in the Open Government Idea Forum on IdeaScale. Help shape the National Archives’ Open Government Plan. Your ideas and input matter! Participate in the Managing Government Records discussion [...]
Posted by Jessie on March 15, 2012, under Events, Miscellaneous, Open Government, Records Management, Social Media (Web 2.0).
Today’s post comes from Michael Horsley, a Digital Imaging Specialist with the Digitization Services Team. During a long day of scanning glass plate negatives in the Digital Image lab a fleeting image with an intriguing caption caught my eye during a quality control inspection session. As hundreds of images depicting various scenes of the Brooklyn [...]
Today’s post comes from Stephanie Greenhut, Education Technology Specialist, in the Education and Public Programs division. March is Women’s History Month! To celebrate, we’ve created four new collections focusing on women of the past in the National Archives’ profile on Historypin. We began partnering with Historypin back in November, and have since been pinning historic [...]
Posted by Kristen (admin) on March 7, 2012, under DC-area Researchers, Digitization, Education, Miscellaneous, Online Research, Photographs, Social Media (Web 2.0).
Today’s guest blog is from Trevor Plante, Chief of Archives I Reference, National Archives in Washington, DC In late September 2011, the first phase of construction began in the ground floor research area of the National Archives Building. The construction resulted in the temporary relocation of the Finding Aids Room and Consultation staff to the [...]
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