Accessing a Legacy – JFK Library Digital Archives

Here’s a nice story being reported by CNN: JFK Library goes digital. The new digital library is built on EMC technology – EMC Documentum for managing the digital content, EMC Captiva for capturing historical documents, speeches, and photographs, and EMC Centera for storage. The solution allows the library staff to digitally process materials more quickly while still providing rich metadata at a granular level.

This digital library is open to anyone and you can read more about the digital archives by going here.

I actually tried out searching the archives (to see how it works click here) by doing a simple search for “acceptance speech” which came up with search results from the speech JFK did at the Democratic Convention.

Search results from JFK digital library using the words "acceptance speech"

JFK Convention acceptance speech "The New Frontier", 15 July 1960

It is nice to see how technology can bring history to us with a simple click of the mouse (or touch of the screen if you are using your iPad, iPhone, or another  device).


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