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Posted: 10/21/2005
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State of Washington Digital Archives Project Small Team Uses New Tools to Enhance First-of-a-Kind Digital Archives

“Microsoft Visual Studio Team System will help us continue doing good work on the State of Washington Digital Archives with a very small development team.”
Adam Jansen, Digital Archivist, State of Washington

Business Needs

Less than a year after launching the first software solution in the United States designed to archive the historical records of an entire state, developers of the Washington State Digital Archives approached a major enhancement with two goals in mind:

  • Streamline the original code base, which was built mostly on theoretical models.
  • Support a database anticipated to grow from 30 gigabytes to 10 terabytes by late 2006, at a rate determined not by the development group but by external agencies.


To reduce the code base and boost functionality, developers replaced hand-coded routines with built-in capabilities from the Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 development system primarily encrypted URLs that prevent unauthorized data extraction, and powerful personalization technologies such as Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Master Pages and Membership application programming inter-faces.

To support database growth, developers used features in the Microsoft SQL Server™ 2005 database management system such as en-hanced horizontal and vertical data partition-ing, robust support for native XML, and full-text searching and indexing.


In just two months, the three-and-a-half-person development group released the
upgrade, which offers the following benefits:

  • 20 percent smaller code base for higher performance and easier maintenance
  • Highly personalized access for more-welcoming user experience
  • Easier, faster, and more effective search-ing of multiple terabytes of data

Developers also have installed Microsoft Visual Studio Team System to use for deliver-ing business case analyses, technical docu-mentation, and greater traceability while maintaining a small development team.

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Solution Overview

Organization Size: 3000 employees

Organization Profile

The State of Washington has 6 million peo-ple and more than 3,000 local and statewide agencies that serve them. The Washington State Digital Archives is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Software and Services
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
  • Microsoft Biztalk Server 2004
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-Bit X86)
  • Microsoft Host Integration Server 2004
  • Microsoft ASP.NET
  • Microsoft .NET
  • Microsoft .NET Framework

Vertical Industries

United States