About the Digital Inn

Anyone can contribute material to the Digital Archives. Our guest contributors include both individuals and associations alike. Guest contributors are automatically allocated a "room" in the the Digital Inn to house their contributions.

Anyone can be a guest in the The Digital Inn. The main criterium is that an archive source is digitalised as true to the source material as possible.

The Digital Archives create a room in The Digital Inn for each guest. A guest can be an institution, a society, a group of people or individuals. In this room, the guest may present themselves with a profile text and their own logo, or we in The Digital Archives can write a suitable text and place our own logo for The Digital Inn. The sources contributed by guests are marked with their chosen logo, or The Digital Inn logo, such that it is clear to users where the sources have originated, and who has digitalised them.

If you wish to publish your data through us, we ask that contact The Digital Archives, before you begin transcription. This allows us to get a better overview of all contributions we can expect, and avoid multiple transcription of the same source. We can provide advice and feedback in the early phases of transcription, which can prevent extra work for both you and us. We reply very quickly to e-mail. The Digital Archives also have a list of Volunteer tasks.

Contact The Digital Archives if you wish to employ our technology for publishing online - it's free with non-binding!

Material requirements

Those who transcribe sources for their private use, may naturally enter whichever information they wish. However, the main criterium for digital sources which are delivered to us, is that they must be as true to the source as possible. When transcribing a source, the entered data should be exactly as it was written in the source.

Digital sources must be based on a section or series from an archive. Sources should not be constructed by merging together information from multiple sources and creating data from one's own conclusions and interpretations. Neither should the digital source be merely a few pages or a small excerpt from the sources, with the exception of church books where we accept transcriptions of the parts of the book which cover for example, baptisms or confirmed.

There are two standards for transcription of historical data, The HISTFORM standard and og The KYRRE standard; both of which contain general instructions that can be worth reviewing before transcribing a source, even if you are transcribing sources other than censuses and church books.

Material rights

Guests of The Digital Inn and contributors own the rights to their digital sources. The Digital Archives have only the right to distribute this material through it's visualisation tools on the web pages. Contributors may retract their data when he/she wishes.

The Digital Archive has an editorial role in The Digital Inn, and performs review of material to ensure that the quality is good enough for users. The Digital Archives reserves the right to refuse publishing of a digital source if the material is deemed unsuitable for publishing on our pages. For same reason, we may also perform minor adjustments to the material we have received such that it is suitable for publishing.

Submission of material

You can send your transcriptions via e-mail to digitalarkivet@arkivverket.no. If you have transcribed sources from different areas or years, these should be sent as separate e-mails.

Example:

For censuses: In the subject, write: Sending <Sourcetype> <Year> <Area>, for example "Sending Census 1880 Oslo".

For church books: In the subject, write: Sending <Sourcetype> <Protocolnumber> <Area> <Period>, for example "Sending Mini A1 Askøy 1742-1818". In the e-mail, you must describe how the lists are registered

Include the transcribed data as an attachment.

Contact The Digital Archives Digitalarkivet if your data files are very large, and we can provide you with a safe place to store them so we can easily retrieve them.