Retrodigitisation

Retrodigitisation is responsible for the Danish National Archives’ work towards providing archival records in paper form in a digital format. This takes place via digital photography and scanning and publication on the Danish National Archives’ online services.

Retrodigitisation’s work ensures that it becomes easier to use the Danish National Archives’ data, both for internal and external users. Digitalised archival records which are available to the public are published on Arkivalieronline.

Digitalised (but not immediately available) archival records are published on the internal platform, IRMA, and can be made available upon receiving an application for access to the archives.

The selection of collections for digitisation is based on the principle of what is most in demand or in the context of external collaborations.

The tasks include:

  • Digitisation of archival records, mainly by digital photography and document scanning.
  • Being responsible for the Danish National Archives’ strategy for retrodigitisation.
  • Improving the registered data quality for the archival records that need to be digitalised so that it becomes easier to use the digitalised archival records.
  • Work relating to making digitalised archival records available includes conversions to the Danish National Archives’ selected availability formats and linking the files to metadata in the Danish National Archives’ search engine, Daisy.
  • Errors are corrected as users notify of errors and deficiencies on Arkivalieronline.
  • Long-term storage is ensured via converting the files to the Danish National Archives’ chosen long-term storage format.
  • Finding and copying files for external projects takes place when User Service has entered into cooperation agreements with external parties and the cooperation involves the exchange of data.
  • Retrodigitisation receives completed files from the Danish National Archives’ volunteer photographers and ensures that the files are published on Arkivalieronline.

Head of the area: Lone Hedegaard Liljegren