Saturday, April 12, 2008

Web archives

NARA is coming under fire for jettisoning their practice taking snapshots of federal websites every two years. Their argument is that the agencies are already archiving their websites more frequently than that, so it's a waste of time and money to do a less thorough copy of the same thing.

What I didn't get out of this writeup is NARA's role in ensuring that the agencies do their own archiving, maintain good standards, and guarantee their preservation. That's what a records management program is supposed to do, because you don't want to leave it all to a few thousand individual managers who have little expertise and even less incentive to maintain inactive records.

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