Wednesday, December 14, 2005

National Archives Yields to My Demands

From The Washington (D.C.) Post:

Archives Smooths Web Access to Records

The Associated Press
Wednesday, December 14, 2005; 5:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Photos of natural and manmade disasters. Lists of combat air missions flown during the Vietnam War. Rolls of those who fled Irish famine for the United States in the 1800s.

And much more, all newly accessible.

The National Archives and Records Administration has made it easier to search online through tens of millions of the electronic records it holds.

The revamped Access to Archival Databases site — — allows the public to search for free through 85 million documents in 475 files amassed by more than 30 federal agencies.


When the program debuted in 2003, it allowed users to search only one electronic records database at a time, slowing the hunt for information. The update allows users to search all databases in one fell swoop and comes after survey respondents and test subjects said the system needed to be more user-friendly, [David] Kepley said.


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This can mean only one thing: the United States government reads my blog. Now I wish I'd complained about the Patriot Act...

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