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UK National Archives is enlisting MongoDB for its WWI diary digitisation project

UK National Archives is enlisting MongoDB for its WWI diary digitisation project

The UK National Archives have enlisted MongoDB to set up a new database of WWI diaries that will bring order to about 1.5 million pages of war diaries, which will be released throughout the year by the heritage organisation in commemoration of the centenary of the beginning of the Great War.

For the first time, the war diaries of the first three cavalry and the first seven infantry divisions, who were part of the first wave of British army troops deployed in France and Flanders, will be accessible to family historians, researchers and the wider from a cloud-based database as part of the National Archives’ effort to bolster access to heritage documents.

“It is vital, as we remember the terrible human cost of World War I, to fully understand both the political and cultural conditions that pertained at the time,” said Former Defence Secretary, Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP.

“This archive will allow future generations to see the conflict from a new range of perspectives which can only aid their understanding,” he added.

The open source NoSQL document-oriented database also underpins the heritage organisation’s document discovery platform, which enables researchers to gain access to a range of historical documents.

“The National Archives is home to a wealth of British history and this data is now readily available, easily searchable and open to all,” said Joe Morrissey, vice president of EMEA, MongoDB Increasingly open source database technologies are playing a critical role in information sharing, allowing future generations to understand and explore the sacrifices made during the First World War.”