Solutions for Users of Archival Records
One of the key objectives of the Slovenian public archival service is providing access to archival records. As part of our e-ARH.si project, we took up a major challenge of digitizing our reading room procedures and creating the Virtual Archival Reading Room (VARR) to facilitate our users and enable them to get in touch with archival cultural heritage.
Virtual Archival Reading Room (VARR)
One of the key objectives of the Slovenian public archival service is providing access to archival records. Such access to and use of archival records is regulated by archival legislation and by reading room regulations deriving from such legislation. Since improving remote access to archival records was among the priorities of the e-ARH.si project, it became apparent that digitization of reading room procedures and creation of the Virtual Archival Reading Room (VARR) was a challenge we needed to face.
From an end-user perspective, VARR provides an intuitive graphical web interface which offers various groups of users an easy and efficient way of searching through archival holdings, as well as a chance to order and use archival records (both in paper and digital form). By enabling online access, VARR will offer help to a number of different users, including those from vulnerable groups. From an advanced-user perspective, VARR offers efficient methods of managing user accounts, managing orders, preparing archival records and making them available for use, especially in terms of protection of archival professional requirements and legally protected data. To technical administrators, VARR represents a modern, safe and modular information system.
VARR consist of eight modules.