Washington State Opens Digital Records Archive

from the slowly,-slowly... dept

The idea of having all government archive records online makes perfect sense. No longer should people need to travel to a random building far, far away to see a simple record when they could just call it up on their internet connection. Of course, the reality is that it’s pretty damn hard to digitize all those records in a useful manner. However, Washington State has done exactly that, and is now opening up access to their digital archives. It apparently took two years for volunteers to scan and transcribe each and every document, which really isn’t that much time at all. Either way, it shows the struggle we face moving formerly analog information into a digital world.


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