The duty of the National Archives of Finland is to ensure that records which form part of the national cultural heritage are preserved and made available to the public. The National Archives of Finland preserves records of state authorities with permanent value, as well as private archives important for society and research. The archives’ digitization activities have been growing rapidly during the last decade. National Archives of Finland has digitized about 25 million documents, most of which are handwritten and produced between the 1530s and the 1960s.
Key responsibilities in READ: Large scale demonstrator for layout analysis and crowd-sourcing. By the end of the READ project, it is expected that National Archives Finland will have more than 50 million pages online. The READ project will investigate what it would mean in terms of quality, performance, and computing power to process (and reprocess) such large amounts of data. The second step is to involve large amounts of users who are willing to contribute to the enhancement of these documents.