Manage Your Collections – Contributing to Discovery

The National Archives – guerrilla cataloguing days and contributing to Discovery.

Off the Record

The National Archives are currently working to enable any archive within the United Kingdom to contribute catalogue descriptions to Discovery, our online catalogue, where they can be found and used by researchers globally.

To do this we have built a tool named Manage Your Collections that archives can upload their catalogues into. We work in an agile culture here, which means we adjust to evolving requirements as the project progresses, rather than sticking rigidly to preliminary scoping. This has been very useful for this project because what we originally believed we could and should develop would not have served the sector in the way we want the tool to.

Pic 1 Agile working at The National Archives

A large number of archives do not use cataloguing software or have an online catalogue. To help these archives get their catalogue descriptions online, the tool allows archives to upload Excel spreadsheets of catalogue…

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