Online database of Polar Historic Documents – initial survey

Historian Ursula Rack seeks input on the Polar Historic Documents online database project:

Dear Fellow Historians/Archivist/Researchers,

My name is Dr Ursula Rack and I am a Polar Historian and Adjunct Fellow at Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury.

I am writing to request your assistance on a project that I am currently working on which aims to create an online database cataloguing information on the location, condition, archival details and accessibility of Polar Historic Documents. As members of this community, at this early stage I am hoping to gain any insight and support which you might have for such an undertaking.

This project will be presented at an upcoming SCAR (Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research) workshop in May of this year and it is my hope to connect with as many of my fellow colleagues before then. At this stage it would be greatly appreciated if you could reply to this email with responses to my questions below, so that I can present this data in support of this project:

Polar Historic Documents Information Database (Questionnaire):

  1. What is your profession (Archivist, Historian, scientist, etc.)?
  2. Do you utilize historic documents for your research or personal interest?
  3. Do you have difficulty locating material and if possible, please expand?
  4. If possible, please provide an estimate of how long it takes for you to locate material.
  5. Would you support the creation of an online database on the basis of your own experience with this material?
  6. Please provide any other details you think might be of interest:

Your completion of this short questionnaire would greatly help with both identifying the need for such a database and also with creating a system that meets these needs. If you could also please forward this email out through any channels or to any colleagues whom you think might be interested or involved in this form of study, would be greatly appreciated.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this further, I would be delighted to hear from you!

Ursula Rack