New Public Access Prototype Now Available

Sunday - 1/9/2011, 2:27pm EST

The National Archives and Records Administration's new Online Public Access is now available.

It's part of NARA's Open Government plan - including the development of online services. Archives officials say it's also a key component of the agency's Transformation Plan - to become more customer-focused and to ensure the nation's heritage is accessible to everybody.

The prototype portal provides access to digitized records, and information about the Archives own records. It also provides a centralized means of searching multiple National Archives resources at once.

The prototype currently contains 10.9 million permanent electronic records.

The National Archives will add additional functionality in the coming year, including an image zooming feature that will enable users to zoom and pan the online holdings, and social sharing through Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.