Unveiling the Archives: Digital Transformation and Accessibility in the European Parliament
About the EU Parliament. Written on September, 2021
The European Parliament has been taking significant strides in recent years to improve access to its extensive archive of documents, which date back to its inception in 1952. These archives house more than five million records in both paper and digital formats, totaling an impressive four kilometers of physical material. These documents play a vital role in answering questions about the institution's evolution, its relationship with various stakeholders, such as researchers, legal professionals, and citizens, and a myriad of other inquiries. This essay aims to explore the digital transformation of the archives in depth, examining the innovative technologies being employed to enhance accessibility and elevate the overall user experience.