ERIC Number: ED459780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Strategies for Managing Digital Records and Documents in the Public Sector in Sub Saharan Africa.
The government is the largest collector and disseminator of records and documents in Sub Saharan Africa. Traditionally, the bulk of the information has been paper-based. The advent of information technology brought about digital formats. Plans for ensuring the survival of digital information are inadequate. In fact, instances have been reported whereby vital digital information has been lost as a result of obsolete technologies. Three major issues associated with managing digital documents that need to be addressed are: (1) the media is unstable compared with traditional information carriers such as paper or film; (2) access to digital information is dependent on machines and software; and (3) electronic data deteriorate over time, especially when not compliant with generic document standards. Strategies for managing digital documents over time in order to ensure that they are retrievable and usable must be developed. Skills development and collaboration with countries that have made advances in digital preservation will also be decisive. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Electronic Publishing, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Information Management, Information Technology, Preservation, Problems
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Africa