Digital Archives Move to the Cloud

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Archives of Michigan is using an inexpensive option -- the Internet -- to store and preserve a collection of digital records.

Digital records include 40 years' worth of election results and an index of thousands of proposed designs for the state's quarter released 10 years ago.

The move to the "cloud" is expected to bolster a plan to help the public easily access some historical records without having to trek to Lansing. A service being used by Michigan saves money and, archivists say, makes sure that important electronic records don't go obsolete as formats change.

The company Michigan contracted with, Tessella, plans to release a public access interface on April 30. Within the next year, people will be able to visit the state website to access certain historical records.


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