On Friday, 18 March, the Division of Case-law and Research of the Supreme Court, in cooperation with specialists of the National Archives of Latvia, will present set of digital documents “Insight into Documents of the Senate of Latvia 1919-1940”.

Upon the proposal of the Supreme Court, the National Archives of Latvia digitalised part of historical heritage of the Senate – 3500 pages of archive documents, which will further be available to each interested individual on the web site of the archives in section “Virtual  exhibitions and digital resources”.

Inguna Slaidina, the Deputy Director for Preservation and Accessibility of National Documentary Heritage, tells that the beginning of the project of digitalisation of set of documents of the Senate of Latvia was quite prosaic. The Archives received the request of the Supreme Court to release it from payment for preparation of copies of documents stored in Fund No 1535 “The Senate of Latvia” of the State Historical Archives of the National Archives of Latvia. The Supreme Court pointed out that materials of the Senate of Latvia comprise valuable unpublished information, which is necessary during adjudication of cases, to ensure inheriting of legal conclusions comprised in judgements and theses of the Senate and use thereof in work related to case-law. Regulatory enactment did not provide an opportunity to release the court from payment for preparation of copies of documents, however, understanding that documents of the Senate of Latvia might be important and interesting not only for the Supreme Court, but also to other judicial authorities and the most extensive community of lawyers, the National Archives of Latvia offered to digitalise these documents and to published them on the Internet.  

Zinaida Indruna, the adviser on legislative issues of the Division of Case-law and Research of the Supreme Court, carried out the inspection of archive funds, selected the documents for digitalisation, elaborated systematisation thereof and wrote a preface to the set of documents.  Employees of the Department for Preservation of Documents of the National Archives of Latvia prepared the documents for digitalisation; digitalisation was carried out by the Department of Preventive Preservation, Web technical elaboration was performed by Ainars Mazversitis, the employee of the Information Technology Department, and the design was developed by Guntis Svitins.

“Importance and volume of digitalisation of archives documents increase rapidly, as it increases accessibility of documents, ensuring an opportunity to use document not only in presence, but also online. It gives the opportunity for several researchers located in different parts of the world to use the document simultaneously,” Inguna Slaidina points out. The greatest achievement of the National Archives of Latvia in this field is digitalisation of genealogical (related to history of the family) documents used in studies and publication thereof on the Internet web site “Raduraksti”.

When preparing the set of documents “Insight into Documents of the Senate of Latvia 1919-1940”, the Archives tried new method and techniques of publishing of digitalised documents.

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court