The Norwegian Digitalarkivet – “The Digital archive”, today launched their new re-designed website.
“Why do they have to keep changing this all the time”, you may say. According to the Digitalarkivet blog, one of the main reasons is that the Digitalarkivet has been integrated with the National archives website. These are two limbs on the same body so in many ways it was a good thing. It meant, however, that changes in one often had consequences for the other. With this re-design it is not only the visual design that have changed, the two websites has split up and are now two separate technical systems. This makes it easier to update and enhance the quality of the websites.
The new address is https://digitalarkivet.no/en/
I think the new design looks good. Instead of the cluttered opening page, the main sources are presented through a few headlines/links. Make sure to check out the “Menu” button top right, where more of the sources are accessed.
The searchpage has the same fields with a new design, but the results are presented different in the new design
The individual resultspage is also re-designed and I think the information is presented in a very nice and easily accessible way:
The link “urn_id” brings you to the page in the source that contains this particular information. Note; This link is not yet available for all search results.
Note the “Share” link above the green “source information box”. This link makes it easy to share this page through email, Google+, Facebook or Twitter.
Some of the features are not yet available in English. I am sure this will be implemented as soon as possible. If you are used to searching the Digitalarkivet and know a few essential words in Norwegian, you may be able to use the Norwegian interface until the translation is in place.
Links to sources. If you have used pagelinks to Digitalarkivet as sources in your genealogymaterial; Links to scanned material such as church records, should still be valid. Links to transcribed material such as a census record may have been broken due to the redesign of the website. The feature that was put in place to re-rout these links did not kick in. Officials from the Digitalarkivet comment on a userforum tonight that actions is taken to try to restore these links.UPDATE JUNE 11 It seems like the slinks to the censuses has been restored
You will no longer be able to search for two persons within the same search. In my experience this function never worked very well anyway. The Digitalarkivet blog tells that this function may be brought back at a later stage, if it is possible to find a solution that works well.
All in all, I think the new design looks nice. The sources are easily accessible. Most of all I am exciteed about the possibillities the new technical solution gives for new developements and enhancements. Everything in an effort to give us more and better search results.
UPDATE June 11. 2017. Having monitored the Digitalarkivet User’s discussion forum it seems like there, due to popular demand will be some additional updates. Some of these will bring certain layouts closer to the way they were before the June 6. re-design.
I will probably come back with more on how to use the Digitalarkivet as I have had a chance to work with this new solution.
If you have questions about, or problems with the new solution, comment below and maybe we’ll be able to figure it out together.