Sunday, December 11, 2011

Updates on the National Archives (USA):

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

1. As of November 28, 2011, researchers are no longer required to record their property data on Equipment Receipts, nor will NARA retain equipment receipts for validation of serial numbers by security officers upon your departure from Archives I (Washington DC) or Archives II (College Park, Maryland). For more information go to:
http://blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/?p=6664

2. NARA has a new partnership with Historypin (http://www.historypin.com/).
The site enables users to overlay (or "pin") historic images, videos and audio recordings onto the sights of today. http://tinyurl.com/7qje5fq
original url:
http://blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/?p=6768T
This new media "mashup", runs on Google maps, encourages visitors to add their own memories to the pinned records, highlighting the personal connection to changing landscapes. With Historypin you can look at an historic storefront that is flanked by a modern building and can "see" what the street might have looked like when the historic building was first built..a way to go back to what it was like when our ancestors lived or worked in an area. The National Archives has a wonderful photographic archive that can be accessed at:
http://www.archives.gov/research/start/by-format.html#photos

NARA has several blogs, all free : http://blogs.archives.gov/. The above information is from NARAtions
http://blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/

3.The National Archives Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) - the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman - launched a new online case management system on November 28. The new OGIS Access System (OAS) will manage the requests for assistance that FOIA requesters and agencies bring to OGIS. OGIS was created to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and federal agencies. The service that OGIS provides ranges from checking the status of delayed FOIA requests to facilitating resolutions of disputes involving complex database requests. OGIS also has a new blog:
http://blogs.archives.gov/foiablog/
To read more go to:
http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-39.html

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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