About the Project "Guides to the Russian Archives"
The Guides to the Russian Archives database has been set up for researchers to have an extended access to the documents kept in the Archives of the Russian Federation. It includes 135 reference guides for 34 federal and 101 regional archives published in the period from 1987 to 2011 [a list of guides]. The database contains the descriptions of about 230 thousand archives containing social and political, historical, military and economic documents, materials on literature and arts, science and technology and a lot of other materials. The Guides to the Russian Archives database can be a source of information for a wide range of researchers, students and teachers, journalists, politicians and public officials and everyone who is interested in the Russian history.
The database is a precise reflection of the contents of the published guides. Due to the digitization and structuring of the printed texts, researchers have an opportunity to search through all the guides altogether, separate guides or the description of the archive materials. The advanced search allows searching by key words in the names of the archives, historic references, annotations, and reference data, thus providing for a combined search in the selected areas. There are additional search options, such as search according to the type of archive materials, commencement and ending dates of the document and years of life of the archives’ creators. The database has an alphabetic index with the names of the archives’ creators.
All electronic copies of the archive guides have their permanent Internet addresses which provides for their integration with electronic library catalogues and web-sites.
The Guides to the Russian Archives database can be freely accessed on the Internet. Alongside with that, all rights to the guides are reserved to prevent their copying, fully or partially, and distributing without a prior written consent of the relevant archive and product designer.
The Guides to the Russian Archives database as a project was started on the initiative of the Kansas University and implemented in partnership with the specialists from the Federal Archive Agency.
The first stage was carried out by (East View Information Services, Inc. with the grant of the US Department of Education within the framework of the program for technologic innovations and cooperation for collection of information about foreign countries (Article 6 of Higher Education Act).
This stage included the establishment of a free access database, development of reference-processing technology, digitization, structuring and uploading of the content into the database. In total, 60 reference books were uploaded into the database during the first stage.
The next three stages was implemented by IVIS, LLC under a state contract within the framework of the federal target program “The Russian Culture" (2006-2011). The Federal Archive Agency became the customer of the project.
Every stage included uploading of new reference materials to the database and upgrading of its program components. The graphic interface was slightly upgraded and the fault tolerance of the application was improved. In total, 45 new federal and regional archive reference guides were added to the database during the period.
The five stage was implemented by IVEX, LLC under a state contract within the framework of the federal target program “The Russian Culture" (2012-2018). The Federal Archive Agency continued being the customer of the project.
The five stage included uploading of new reference materials into the database and upgrading of its program components. In total, 30 new reference guides were added to the database during the five stage.