Na­tional Archives goes on­line

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You can now ac­cess our Na­tional Archives of Fiji records on­line. The web­site was launched dur­ing the Na­tional Archives Open Day in Suva yes­ter­day. The launch co­in­cides with the cel­e­bra­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Archives Day which was cel­e­brated on June 9.

Na­tional Archives of Fiji di­rec­tor Opeta Ale­faio said the idea of es­tab­lish­ing a new web­site was be­cause of the need to have a greater pres­ence in terms of dig­i­tal ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

“Fiji’s his­tory has a lot to teach. It’s a big source of in­for­ma­tion, it’s pow­er­ful. So we’re try­ing to help peo­ple re­alise and make use of that,” Mr Ale­faio said.

“The job of the archives is to col­lect, pre­serve and make records ac­ces­si­ble,” he said. “We worked with the great team at Green­house Stu­dios to de­velop what we hope is an invit­ing web­site that can in­spire Fi­jians to ex­plore their archives.” The newly-launched web­site can be ac­cessed on www. archives­fiji.org

It has re­search guide­lines key word search en­gines for ac­cess­ing records and a guide to con­duct ge­nealog­i­cal and bi­o­graph­i­cal re­search.

“It’s still just a baby web­site at this point, but it gives us a great frame­work, a log­i­cal tem­plate to help us gen­er­ate con­tent for users,” he said. Mem­bers of the pub­lic were also toured around the var­i­ous sec­tions of the archives dur­ing the open day wit­ness­ing some of Fiji’s his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments dat­ing back to the pre-colo­nial days. Mr Ale­faio said they had sur­passed 500 per cent of their out­reach and ex­hi­bi­tion pro­grammes in ru­ral and iso­lated ar­eas in line with Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy of tak­ing ser­vices out to the com­mu­nity. The na­tional archives holds doc­u­ments equiv­a­lent to 6km of shelv­ing along with 2000 hours of au­dio-vis­ual footage and over 100,000 pho­tos of the coun­try’s his­tory and her­itage.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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