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Memento : Issue 21
8 memento september 2002 Our digitisation process produces low-resolution images quickly and cheaply and makes them available through our website, using our online database RecordSearch. Many institutions provide digital services, but our service is unique. We allow researchers to select which records they wish to be digitised, and we provide the service at no cost to the person who requests the copies. To use our digitisation on demand service, log onto our website (www.naa.gov.au), go to our database RecordSearch and find the item you want, then follow the prompts to request a digital copy. Once an item has been digitised the images are loaded onto RecordSearch where they are there for all to see. Although the images we produce are low resolution, they are quite legible and more than adequate for basic research. Of course, if you require high-resolution images for a publication or other purpose, we can provide this service too, but we do charge a fee. In addition to digitisation on demand, we have also embarked on a program of bulk digitisation of parts of our collection, including Cabinet records, Prime Ministerial records and other records of interest to researchers. We also plan to digitise records listed in fact sheets and research guides. Researchers will thus have online access not only to these publications, but also to the records listed in them. Since its introduction, digitisation on demand has been operating on a trial basis and has been limited to records held in Canberra. In the next few months we will be reviewing the service, considering how future digitisation services should operate and deciding how to digitise records held in our State offices. DELIVERED Our In April 2001 we began trialling a new service known as 'digitisation on demand'. The service aims to make records in our Canberra collection accessible to all Australians, irrespective of where they live. Researchers do not have to visit us, they can simply request digital copies of the records they want and view them on their own computers via the Internet.