National Digitisation Consortium: contracts signed

Contracts have been signed by ARA and brightsolid after agreement was reachedto digitise records from a large number of archives operating under thenew National Digitisation Consortium

Now the high-level contracts are signed, all archives which declared an interest to take part are being contacted about their formal sign-up to the deal.
The National Digitisation Consortium was an Association of Chief Archivists in Local Government inspired initiative and has been an active but complex project since the merger which formed the ARA. In the first project under the Consortium framework, 120 English and Welsh archives are expected to come together to achieve the digitisation of pre-1914 school registers. Millions of names will be searchable. 

The Consortium is seen as an important way for the sector to work together to ensure the best possible revenue deal for individual archives.  ARA and brightsolid are now determined to move the project forward as quickly as possible.