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Memento : Issue 18
22 memento september 2001 We are working on ways to make our collection accessible to all Australians, even if they live way out beyond the Black Stump. Until recently, people had to visit our reading room in a capital city to view our records. Now we are putting our records online for all to see, no matter where they are. We began three years ago with the digitisation of photographs. Today over 12,000 images have been scanned and made available online through our database PhotoSearch. This year we began to digitise paper files and other records. Through our online database RecordSearch, researchers can submit a request for the digitisation of particular records. At no charge, we will digitise the record and load it onto RecordSearch where it can be read online, downloaded or printed. By using digital cameras and automated processing, we are capturing around 4,000 pages of records a day. The records are saved as low resolution images suitable for on-screen viewing, so more records can be captured more quickly. So far the digitisation service is only for records held in Canberra, and limited to records under A3 size to maintain a reasonable download speed. We receive about 2,500 requests for digitisation each month. To help researchers calculate the waiting time, we post the date of requests currently being processed on the RecordSearch entry page. To find out more, visit RecordSearch on our website at www.naa.gov.au. To see an example of a digitised file (General Sir John Monash's World War I service record) open the search page and enter MONASH J into the 'Reference number' field. on demand on demand