Preserving the wartime intelligence archives of Bletchley Park has all the elements of a major Hollywood blockbuster: A global network. Leading-edge technology. Enemy secrets discovered while eavesdropping during World War II (WWII). But, rather than coming soon to a theater near you, the work of Britain’s celebrated codebreakers will be digitally housed in the cloud for all to see.
The significance of the work done at Bletchley Park is beyond question, foreshadowing the birth of the Information Age. During WWII, it was home to the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), which developed technology to decipher the Axis Nations’ military codes. Even now, the encryption techniques used throughout information technology are modern versions of those developed by this elite group of codebreakers. (The security measures when one makes an online purchase, for example.) And, thanks to the GC&CS, the Allied Forces learned vital information about military operations and movements, directly contributing to the defeat of their enemy.
However, the true extent of the material contained in the Bletchley Park archive collections is unknown. People can visit the archive, but access is limited due to the lack of a complete catalog. And, without a proper catalog of the content, which is diverse, unique and of considerable size, researching the archive is difficult.
Working in partnership with Hyland, creator of OnBase, and Hewlett Packard, the Bletchley Park Trust plans to change all that.
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