Updated: 03/11/2014 00:06

Unified search archive portal out this year

Unified search archive portal out this year

A single unified search portal for members of the public to access Singapore's archives can be expected later this year. 

Senior Minister of State for Communication and Information Lawrence Wong announced this at the Committee of Supply Debate. 

He was responding to MP Low Thia Khiang's question on what has been done since the transfer of the National Archives to the National Library Board. 

Mr Wong says that the NLB has been working on harmonising the different databases to develop a unified search platform. 

"Through the revamped portal, users will also be able to access oral history interviews. All these will help to improve usability and accessibility of the contents in the National Archives."

He also added that request to research government records can be made at the National Archives' reading room. 

National Archives will then consult the relevant agency about providing access to their records. 

All unclassified information are made available upon request. 

However, he adds that there are some Government records which are not available for open access, including those relating to national defence, foreign relations and internal security. 

Documents which may be bound by confidentiality obligations or personal privacy reasons will also not be made available.

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