Digitisation makes paper records available digitally. We do so via digital photography, scanning and publication on the Danish National Archives’ online services.


Purpose of Digitisation

Our main responsibilities are to make it easier to use data from the Danish National Archives, both for internal and external users.

Digitised records which are available to the public are published on Arkivalieronline via the Danish National Archives’ website. Digitised (but not readily available) records are published on the internal platform, IRMA, and can be made available upon receiving an application for access to the archives or personal access.

We select the collections to be digitised according to the principles of the Danish National Archives’ strategy for digitisation.

Digitisation of records

We digitise records, mainly through digital photography and document scanning. In addition, we are responsible for the Danish National Archives’ strategy for digitisation.

Data quality

We improve the recorded data quality of the records we digitise to make it easier to use the digitised records.


Making digitised records available includes converting them to the Danish National Archives’ chosen availability formats and linking the files to metadata in the Danish National Archives’ search engine, Daisy.

Error fixes

We correct errors and omissions that users report via Arkivalieronline.

Long-term preservation and copying

Records undergo long-term preservation by converting the files to the Danish National Archives’ chosen long-term preservation format. Files are copied for external projects when User Service enters into cooperation agreements with external parties and the cooperation involves the exchange of data.

Publishing volunteers’ photos

We receive completed files from the Danish National Archives’ volunteer photographers and ensure that the files are published on Arkivalieronline.