DIGITIZATION OF THE ARCHIVES OF THE SOCIETY OF NATIONS

29 Nov, 2022

A project in Switzerland

The UN in Geneva is the depository of the archives of the League of Nations, the predecessor of the UN, which was in operation from 1919 to 1946.

These 3 linear kilometers are an invaluable source of information dedicated to multilateralism.

To safeguard this legacy, the UN decided in 2017 to launch the digitization of these archives to make them accessible to all publics on the internet.

To carry out this 15 million page digitization project, UNOPS launched a public tender on behalf of the UN for the digitization of the archives in the Palais des Nations.

Arkhênum, a Memorist Group company, is selected by the UN

  • On-site digitization at the Palais des Nations
  • Complete digitization workshops installed: digitization, processing/control, data backup
  • Production tools to digitize all types of collections up to large formats (maps and plans)
  • An on-site production team of 6 people
  • A dedicated follow-up, also on the UN premises

An ambitious and tailor-made project

• A 4-year project: 2018 to 2022
• 3 teams dedicated to the project: 2 UN teams for the funds preparation and quality control / post digitization
• Arkhênum’s work is inserted between the 2 UN teams. A real collaboration!
• A patrimonial and manual digitization
• A digital library set up during the project to make available the digitized archives
• The COVID-19 did not impact the smooth running of the project as it was listed as a priority project for the UN.

A collective and acclaimed success

  • 4-year project completed on time
  • Project completed within the allocated budget
  • In the end, 14.1 million pages were generated
  • A project that attracted interest and positive feedback from the profession and the press
  • An online documentary portal to access these archives from anywhere

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