To all users of the Digital Archives
The shut-down of the old version of the Digital Archives is postponed with three months to March 31, 2014. This will give us time to transfer the most essential data from the old system to the new before we close the old search system. The most frequently used data is already transferred, so we gathered that a temporary lack of the rest of the data would not be a disadvantage for the users. However, the frequent requests we have received the last couple of days proved us wrong. Many of you will need the data that is not transferred yet, and so out of considerations for these needs, we have decided to postpone the termination of the old version of the Digital Archives.
We will increase the effort in transferring data, so that the work is completed by end of March. The data that is most frequently used will be dealt with first. We encourage users to contact the Digital Archives if there is data in the old version that you are working on and therefore should be prioritized.
Of what I am informed, the statistics of December tells us that 55-60 % of the searching is now in the new version of the Digital Archives. I ask the rest of you to use this time until end of March to learn the new search system, so that you all are well prepared when the old system is closed. Experience shows that no one likes to leave a system one is familiar with, and proceed with something new. But I encourage everyone to study the new possibilities in the new system, seek guidance from our staff in the Digital Archives and learn to use the new system. I assure that further development with the new system will continue with the intention of improvements and new possibilities. We will also work on the integration of the other online resources of the National Archives.
The old version of the Digital Archives will be closed March 31, 2014 at 24.00 CET, and this dead line is not negotiable.
I wish you all happy New Year and best of luck using the Digital Archives!
Director General of the National Archives