ERIC Number: ED328266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Electronic Records Issues. A Report to the Commission. Commission Reports and Papers Number 4.
Weber, Lisa B.
Our society is witnessing an ever-increasing sophistication in the development and use of computer and associated telecommunications technologies. Archivists are no longer faced with preserving relatively simply numeric files, but with maintaining a vast array of electronic information holdings ranging from complex databases to compound electronic documents composed of text, images, sound, graphics, and data. Although information in electronic form may offer several research advantages over paper records, archivists find preservation of and access to electronic records problematic for a variety of reasons: (1) electronic information is system dependent; (2) electronic information resides on fragile storage media; and (3) electronic information can be easily erased or changed. Archivists have devised several approaches to ensure the preservation of information in electronic form. These are: (1) archival involvement with information systems at their inception or design stage to ensure the availability of historically valuable electronic information; (2) the development and use of standards to ensure the transfer of data across fragile media and constantly changing technological environments; and (3) the development of interdisciplinary projects to test possible solutions that build upon others' expertise. Recommendations for five categories of activities to be supported during the coming years conclude this report. (11 references) (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Washington, DC.