US National Archives Will Upload all its Holdings to Wikipedia

The US National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) has announced that it will be uploading all of its holdings to the Wikimedia Commons. Dominic McDevitt-Parks, the Wikipedian in residence at the National Archives and Record Administration, stated, “The records we have uploaded so far contain some of the most high-value holdings … However, we are not limiting ourselves … Our approach has always been simply to upload as much as possible … to make them as widely accessible to the public as possible.”

The plan seems to be a bit fuzzy at the moment with a long-term objective defined but with few details announced.

You can read more in an article in Wikipedia at http://goo.gl/wpzXBj.

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Is there a portal address you can save to click on, or do you have to do a search each time? It would be nice to have something to start with besides just Wiki????

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In typical archivist fashion, these “high-value holdings” are only of high value to presidential scholars and military historians. The only thing I see valuable to the average citizen are the family registers at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:National_Archives_and_Records_Administration/Categorize/US_National_Archives_series:_Case_Files_of_Pension_and_Bounty-Land_Warrant_Applications_Based_on_Revolutionary_War_Service,_compiled_ca._1800_-_ca._1912,_documenting_the_period_ca._1775_-_ca. But they are not indexed by name. Personally, I would rather see all the pension file uploaded, rather than a bunch of naval vessels.

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So the National Archives records will be subject to the whims of those who dislike the way an event is recorded, portrayed, etc.? That’s the ultimate destruction of history!

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Great, if they will post all important data on wikipedai.

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