Magazine article Information Management

Archives Not Up to Digital Preservation

Magazine article Information Management

Archives Not Up to Digital Preservation

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Most academic institutions lack the resources to establish and maintain their electronic records, according to a study by Tufts University and Yale University Library, "Fedora and the Preservation of University Records Project."

Funded by the U.S. National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Tufts-Yale Project investigated three areas: requirements for trustworthy record-keeping systems and preservation activities; ingesting records into a preservation system; and maintaining records in a preservation system.

The study reveals that today's world is challenging for archivists in any institution or organization.

For example, the study states that the nature of the modern office--with its "hybrid paper/electronic systems, digital environments created to support the manipulations and repurposing of data at the expense of record-keeping, obsolescence of hardware and software, media decay, the proprietary and idiosyncratic nature of applications," and other issues--makes it difficult for archivists to provide for the long-term preservation of authentic e-records and maintain the accountability of the organizations and operations that those records are supposed to document. …

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