Analyzing archives and finding facts: use and users of digital data records

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    This article focuses on use and users of data from the NARA (National

    Archives and Records Administration), U.S. Who is using archival electronic records,

    and why are they using them? It describes the changes in use and consequently user

    groups over the last 30 years. The changes in use are related to the evolution of reference

    services for electronic records at NARA, as well as to growth in the types of

    electronic records accessioned by NARA. The first user group consisted mainly of

    researchers with a social science background, who usually expected to handle the data

    themselves. The user community expanded when electronic records with personal value,

    like casualty records, were transferred to NARA, and broadened yet again when a

    selection of NARA’s electronic records became available online. Archivists trying to

    develop user services for electronic records will find that the needs and expectations of

    fact or information seeking data users are different from those of researchers using and

    analyzing data files.