Archiving and storing historical records for the future is an admirable task. The North Vancouver Museum and Archives (NVMA) has been doing that since 1971. This interesting news came from the Eloquent blog in their post, “Online Archives promote Community Heritage.

The NVMA acquires the records of organizations and individuals whose activities document the historical, social, economic, political, and cultural development of the communities of north Vancouver. In addition to extensive textual records, the holdings include photographs, maps, architectural plans, and some sound and moving image materials.

“Increasingly, our researchers come into the archives armed with descriptions they’ve downloaded from home computers,” said Janet Turner, archivist. “They have navigated the Eloquent database with ease, and already know what they want to see.” Other users can go home and search online at their leisure. Data entry is intuitive and the hierarchical structure of the software is ideal for archival holdings.”

With any digital archiving project, it is important to remember the value of a solid taxonomy. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.