What is the purpose of the digital repository?

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    By design, the digital repository is a shared, distributed resource dedicated to the archiving (collection, organisation, preservation) and distribution of historical material – including documents and photographs (primary & secondary) – and commentary, pertaining to the S.A.S. and associated units and services of WWII.

    The repository is not designed for presentation of material, but rather to provide a facility that offers robust storage (there are multiple off-site backups of data) and the ability for our research members to enjoy either remote access – through the web browser interface – or local access through the sync client (which allows for offline use).

    The repository also provides strong search features through a ‘tagging’ system, whereby material may be tagged with keywords to facilitate powerful discovery and referencing.

    A primary motivation behind creating and maintaining the digital repository is to make material from personal family archives available to researchers, wherever they may be located. It is intended to shine a light on documents, photographs, anecdotes and artefacts that might otherwise be lost to history. It is our hope that this material may, at some point, better inform historical works, resulting in the presentation of a more rounded version of events – including the experiences of ‘rank & file’ – than has been possible to date.

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    By design, the digital repository is a shared, distributed resource dedicated to the archiving (collection, organisation, preservation) and distribution of historical material – including documents and photographs (primary & secondary) – and commentary, pertaining to the S.A.S. and associated units and services of WWII.

    The repository is not designed for presentation of material, but rather to provide a facility that offers robust storage (there are multiple off-site backups of data) and the ability for our research members to enjoy either remote access – through the web browser interface – or local access through the sync client (which allows for offline use).

    The repository also provides strong search features through a ‘tagging’ system, whereby material may be tagged with keywords to facilitate powerful discovery and referencing.

    A primary motivation behind creating and maintaining the digital repository is to make material from personal family archives available to researchers, wherever they may be located. It is intended to shine a light on documents, photographs, anecdotes and artefacts that might otherwise be lost to history. It is our hope that this material may, at some point, better inform historical works, resulting in the presentation of a more rounded version of events – including the experiences of ‘rank & file’ – than has been possible to date.

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