The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has rolled out a new, updated catalog.
Some of the high points include:
- The new catalog is designed to handle the millions of digital images that have been created through external partnerships. NARA makes new images accessible on a weekly basis.
- Searchability has been improved, including better relevancy rankings and response times.
- The search results have been streamlined into a tabbed interface that groups results. Users who click into a search result that has digital content will notice an improved viewer that no longer requires that PDFs be downloaded.
- The interface has been optimized for mobile viewing.
- Based on the successful transcription pilot in the Citizen Archivist Dashboard, a transcription capability has been integrated into catalog. Registered users can not only tag records but can transcribe them as well. Tags and transcriptions will be indexed nightly to become fully searchable.
The new catalog is still a work in progress, with further refinements and features still to come.You can read more about NARA’s digitization plans in the Draft Strategy for Digitizing Archival Materials for Public Access, 2015-2024.