Thanks to Carl Malamud for the heads-up about this new article by Fred Kaplan at Slate entitled “PowerPoint to the People: The urgent need to fix federal archiving policies.” Basically, according to Kaplan, the National Archives (NARA) are a mess. “Electronic records … are generally not disposed of in accordance with federal regulations,” and NARA is “still unable to accept M$ Word docs and PowerPoint slides.” This endemic problem has been known for a long time. Kaplan links to a 2003 NARA study titled “Records Maintenance and Disposition in Headquarters Air Force Offices,” (report written in January 2005) that had been FOIA’d — oddly all of the recommendations were blacked out?! This shows that government agencies are not following protocols for digital records management and the agencies charged with preservation are not doing enough to either build solid preservation systems or work with agencies to help them get into the 21st century. Is this really the “end of history?”
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