The arcHIVE, or HIVE as it is commonly known, was launched in November 2012 and is the National Archives of Australia’s online transcription portal. It enables volunteers to transcribe digitised item/consignment lists and other records such as Cabinet notebooks, migration records and Post Office records.

The HIVE is accessed through the National Archives’ website at transcribe.naa.gov.au.

HIVE gives everyone the chance to help describe items in the collection which are not able to be identified and accessed because they have yet to be listed or described on our online collection database, RecordSearch.

Since November 2012 nearly 500,000 descriptions of records have been transcribed through HIVE and added to RecordSearch.