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Won’t Get Fooled Again: Day 4

A short message tonight. I was just looking at the State Department Web site and noticed its link to the Bush Administration only goes back as far as 2005. I can not find any reference to the critical years of 2001 to 2004, much less the Clinton years. I know 1995 — 2000 exists (dosfan.lib.uic.edu) and (http://state.gov/index.html) as one of the first partnerships with GPO. But there is no direct link from the current state department web pages to these earlier entities.

As much as we should worry about digital preservation, we should also worry about preservation of digital links from one administration to another. I think a mistaken impression has crept into our political culture that all information produced by executive offices changes with the regimes. I think this is a perception especially encouraged by all the recent press about Obama undoing several of Bush’s executive orders. It leaves the impression that executive action can be changed and all earlier policies, decisions, actions are either not applicable or enforceable.

I have sent an email message to the State Department web folks asking them to restore the links to the earlier material.

See you day 5.

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