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"Revolutionizing" Accessibility to State Archived Documents


I don't suppose a lot of people in the tech industry actually go to the state archives, but this entry may be of interest to many of you nonetheless.

I have absolutely no idea how many other states have archives that includes its own pre-statehood period, but our Hawai'i State Archives has archived documents that pre-dates its own statehood by more than 100 years.

Have you, or someone you know, tried to go to our state archives building only to find out:
  • it is only open from 9am until 4pm,
  • it is not open on the weekends, or
  • it is closed because of a furlough day.

Although the State Archives building is open to the public, its hours of operation are not very public-friendly. More specifically, it is not working public friendly. For the retired and unemployed access probably isn't a concern.

"Revolutionizing" accessibility to archived information seems to be on the horizon. Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, at the William S. Richardson School of Law is developing its digital archives collection. The digital archives greatly enhances accessibility to these archived documents, long after the doors to the state building (paid for by state taxpayers) are closed for either the day or the weekend. Actually, researchers may not even have to leave their homes or offices.

CLICK HERE to read more specific information on how Ka Huli Ao is revolutionizing archived information with is online database.

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Comment by Daniel Leuck on January 15, 2010 at 8:48am
It sounds like Ka Huli Ao is doing some very interesting work. We are working on a social Hawaiian history time line site that may interest them. Sometime soon lets do another outing (hike?) and chat about it.
Comment by Kimo Watanabe on January 14, 2010 at 10:53am
Just read through the Ka Huli Ao page, and from a search problem perspective it sounds like it's right up my alley. Anybody have any connections to the organization? I'd love to talk with them and see if we might be able to help them index and search faster, better, and on less hardware than they're likely using now.
Comment by Kimo Watanabe on January 14, 2010 at 10:50am
Aloha e Derek,

Just curious, but are you at all connected to these folks? I'd be interested in talking to someone on their management team. It sounds like a great project. I was talking with a company out of Springville Utah that's doing some really interesting things in terms of data archiving and retrieval, and wonder if there's any opportunities at this stage to help these guys out in terms of their solution.

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