The National Archives of Norway digitise partly by transcribing and partly by scanning. Censuses, church records and some other records are subject to both transcription and scanning. The digitised records are published in the Digital Archives.
The National Archives and The Regional State Archives plan to digitise ten percent of the collection within 2030. This would mean at least 30,000 meters of records. This will require a great number of employees and scanners. A book scanner may complete 40 meters of records a year, while a document scanner may complete 200 meters a year. A great part of the records which would be given priority are protocols or fragile documents. Such records have to be handled on a book scanner.
Records that are subject to transcription, are transcribed letter by letter. The records are published as tables when possible, as for censuses, or as free text. It is possible to search through the transcribed records, which are mainly censuses and church records.
Scanned records are published as digital images. You can't search the text in the images, but before publishing, every image are indexed with metadata. Indexing makes it easier to find the information you are looking for. Indexing makes it possible to generate index pages with specific entries for the digitised records.
Some records are both transcribed and scanned. This makes it possible to search for information and then control the transcription by having a look at the digital image. This is useful, because context not always is possible to transcribe. A look at the digital image may give a better understanding of symbols in the records and corrections and amendments made to them.