David S. Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the United States, has written in his blog about a petition submitted by Carl Malamud’s PublicResource.org on the White House’s We The People petition platform. “Yes We Scan” calls for a national strategy, and even a Federal Scanning Commission, to figure out what it would take to digitize the holdings of many federal entities, from the Library of Congress to the Government Printing Office to the Smithsonian Institution.
Ferriero writes about some of the actions taken since the petion was received. One of the statistics caught my eye: the National Archives and Records Administration alone has over 10 billion pages in the agency's holdings – and that’s just the paper! Of course, other agencies have even billions more pages.
Even using the highest speed scanners available today, scanning all these documents might take decades.
You can read this interesting article on David S. Ferriero's blog at http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/?p=3965
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