The Center for Technology in Government released this new report based on a survey of all fifty states:
Preserving State Government Digital Information: A Baseline Report
By Theresa A. Pardo, G. Brian Burke, and Hyuckbin Kwon.
According to the press release, the authors identify six major barriers to the sucessful preservation of state government digital data:
- Capability for preserving state government digital information is low.
- There is no consistent approach to addressing “at-risk” information.
- Authority for setting standards and responsibility for providing digital preservation services is dispersed.
- Executive, legislative, and judicial agencies operate parallel digital preservation efforts.
- Digital preservation and Enterprise Architecture initiatives are not well-connected.
- Efforts to develop strategic digital preservation programs are hampered by problem focused practices and funding and staffing models.
I look forward to reading the entire paper and might have some more to say about it. If you’ve read the paper, please leave a comment or drop us a line.
In addition to the paper, the CTG staff also published a set of state profiles that includes information on specific projects. Hopefully in the coming weeks we’ll be able to highlight some states whose initiatives seem especially promising.
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